California high-speed rail proponents make changes to win over lawmakers
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Proponents of California's $98.5 billion high-speed rail project, freshly battered by critics and teetering before the Legislature, are preparing a series of eleventh-hour changes to reduce the project's cost and improve its chance of approval.Full Story
#1 Mar 21, 2012
There is no change that will legally, morally, or ethically save the HSR train to nowhere boondoggle.
The only change that could happen that should/would save this money pit is that the HSR builds the HSR system that was "legally promised" to the voters in 11/08 when they snookered the taxpayer/voters into approving $9 billion in state bonds: the deal sold to them was: a $33 billion system, which included all construction costs for SF to LA, and Sacramento and San Diego lines, that CA would only have to pay $9 billion total while federal govt and "amorphous and nonexistant private investors" would cover everything else, that it wouldn't be a money pit or a "pay as you go" blank check that would continually drain needed money from CA's General Fund.
Well, after the lies from 11/08 were exposed, the $33 billion deal sold to the voters is gone.
So too should the train to nowhere. If the $33 billion deal isn't on the table anymore, because as the California Court of Appeal said "the ballot proposition was illegal", then the deal should be ended, no HSR bonds released, and any "new" HSR plan should go to the voters, this time hopefully without an illegal ballot language and proposition.
Proof that CA voters/taxpayers, in 2012, don't want limited General Fund dollars spend on this Train to Nowhere Boondooggle that is only supported by well connected Unions like the California Labor Federation:
New Statewide Field Poll Dec. 2011 Results here proving that the MAJORITY OF CALIFORNIANS DO NOT WANT ANY KIND OF HIGH SPEED RAIL IN CALIFORNIA – COMPLETELY OPPOSITE OF WHAT GOVERNOR BROWN SAYS – DECEMBER 9, 2011 POLL HERE:
And this new January 14, 2012 Survey USA Poll shows that most Californians want the sale of HSR bonds to be stopped, and most believe the train will never be built:
and here: http://www.probolskyresearch.com/california-v...
It comes as no surprise that Republicans want the bond sales stopped by a margin of 71/19, but a plurality of Democrats also want a halt to the project, 46/41, as well as a plurality of independents at 48/39. In fact, the only demographic that still wants the bond sales to take place is self-described liberals, 33/62. Moderates are opposed 2-1 to the bond sales, 54/27.
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