Florida Must Not be Party to High Speed Rail Agreement

Re: http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=176218&catid=8

There is discussion of a bill to authorize a new inter-local agency along the Tampa to Orlando high speed rail corridor to be the recipient of federal funding for the project. It will be important that the state not be involved in any such agreement. The new agency should not be a "sub-recipient." If there is to be a local agency sponsored project, the money needs to be granted from the federal government directly, not through the state.

If Florida is a party to a grant agreement, Florida taxpayers could be liable for cost overruns, operating subsidies and return the federal funding.

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