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Reaction to Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject rail money

"We worked with the governor to make sure we eliminated all financial risk for the state, instead requiring private businesses competing for the project to assume cost overruns and operating expenses."

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

"This is a huge setback for the state of Florida, our transportation, economic development and important tourism industry."

Rep. John Mica, R-Winter Park, chairman of House transportation committee

"This is eating our seed corn. It's turning down 24,000 jobs, when we badly need them."

Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, who said when he was called by Scott on Wednesday morning, he offered "vigorous" argument against the decision

"I don't understand the governor's lack of vision for the state. I think he has a very rigid ideology that is getting in the way of job opportunities for Floridians. It's a devastating decision for jobs, for Florida and our economic future."

Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa

"I visited with him yesterday and I had no inkling that they were heading in this direction. It shows kind of a lack of understanding and respect for the legislative process. It's supposed to be a collaborative process — where the governor and Legislature work together — and this is not an example of working together."

State Sen. Jack Latvala, R-St. Petersburg, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee

"Florida is a donor state for transportation dollars, receiving only 62 cents on every transit dollar and 87 cents on every highway dollar we send to Washington, and this $2.4 billion in federal transportation dollars would have brought Florida in line with other states."

State Sen. Paula Dockery, R-Lakeland, an early supporter of Scott and a vocal high-speed rail proponent

"The governor needs to at least allow the bid process to carry forward. Is he afraid of the bid? Let the private sector come in and show us what they could do."

State Sen. Thad Altman, R-Melbourne

"Rarely do you use Florida and innovation in the same sentence and this had a chance to bring us into a 21st century economy. All it does is take us back to the 20th century economy, which collapsed on us and it's not coming back. ... This put us on the map to really be an innovative leader nationally and globally. This sets us way back."

State Sen. Jeremy Ring, D-Margate, and one of the founders of Yahoo.com

"Gov. Rick Scott's decision ... is clearly a necessary and responsible choice. I just hope that the money is used to pay down part of our $14 trillion national debt."

U.S. Rep. Richard Nugent, R-Brooksville

"While today's action stems from a desire to address our job-choking debt crisis, the reality is that similar actions across the states still wouldn't be enough to put America on a sound fiscal path. Only presidential leadership can help move the debate forward to reform the entitlement programs that threaten to bankrupt themselves and our entire country."

Republican Sen. Marco Rubio

"He's just wrecked it. ... He's taking our state and our community down the wrong track."

Kevin Beckner, Hillsborough County commissioner

"I'm convinced this could have been the linchpin in getting us to where we needed to go in reviving the economy."

Ronnie Duncan, chairman of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority

"I wish he had taken a little more time to look in depth at job creation and ridership statistics."

David Singer, Holland & Knight attorney who was director of Moving Hillsborough Forward

"Continuing to expand I-4 is not the best way to improve our competitiveness in the region. If we're going to be an attractive alternative, we have to improve our mobility choices."

Gow Fields, Lakeland mayor

Reaction to Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject rail money 02/16/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 17, 2011 12:04pm]
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