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Scott says two Senators suing over high speed rail want court to push their failed policy



Gov. Rick Scott says two Senators suing him for his rejection of federal money to build high speed rail want the court to push their failed policies. Republican Thad Altman and Democrat Arthenia Joyner filed the lawsuit Tuesday, saying Scott overstepped his executive authority by killing the project after the Legislature approved it and appropriated money for it. Appropriations, they say, is the exclusive domain of the legislature and he is obligated to spend the money in the designated manner. They say Scott refused to fulfill the "ministerial" task of signing an amendment to the federal grant.

But Scott responded that the Legislature appropriated only $131 million, not the entire $2.4 billion awarded by the federal government. He further argues that there is "nothing ministerial about an order requiring the application of $2.4 billion in federal funds to the construction and operation of a high-speed rail project." Scott further notes that the federal government will give Florida the money only if the governor expresses "unequivocal support" for high speed rail. "This, the Governor has made clear, he will not do," the 29-page response reads.

Read the entire response here.


More to come....


[Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 2:02pm]


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