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Governors Reject Stimulus Money

Kevin Hale, VP/General Manager - KTTV-TV Kevin Hale, VP/General Manager - KTTV-TV

It's the biggest public works project in California history. KTTV Vice President and General Manager Kevin Hale looks at how the success or failure of High Speed Rail… could be Governor Brown's legacy, in this POV.

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Four governors had the good sense and foresight to return federal stimulus money for rail transportation projects. Each decided the projects were too costly and would put too much of a burden on taxpayers. And some looked at the route plans and determined they were essentially useless. Governor Brown on the other hand looked at the federal high speed money like a blank check, showing complete fiscal irresponsibility and no concern for the state's taxpayers.

So why didn't he view high-speed rail with the same clarity that these other governors did? If Ohio, Florida, Wisconsin and New Jersey could determine the federal money being offered was simply a dribble in the overall costs of each project and then reject that money, why then is California about to embark on a train to nowhere with  the potential financial disaster, the other states foresaw?  Some say Governor Brown has been foolhardy, blindsided by his own arrogance to think he can make miracles happen.

It's hard to make sense of this project.

Those other governors didn't want to burden their taxpayers, by putting them on the hook for billions of dollars. Why does Governor Brown insist on doing just that to California taxpayers. Some say he wants to build high-speed rail as a legacy to his term in office. But this isn't like the legacy his father left behind, which was the California Aqueduct, a project that actually had a huge benefit to the state. High-speed rail, on the other hand, is a boondoggle that's going to stick California taxpayers with a huge bill and no benefit under this current plan.
Governor Brown, pull the plug on this project.

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Kevin Hale,
Vice President and General Manager
KTTV-TV, FOX 11 News

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