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Re: Florida High-Speed Rail Champion Dockery Resigns
« Reply #45 on: April 21, 2009, 10:09:10 AM »
It seems like we have shortsighted politicians who want to kill both.
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Re: Florida High-Speed Rail Champion Dockery Resigns
« Reply #46 on: April 21, 2009, 03:08:33 PM »
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Sunrail caught in budget stalemate

TALLAHASSEE -- Nothing has been easy this session for SunRail, the $1.2 billion commuter rail program that’s struggling to win legislative approval. And on Tuesday, the train’s path to the Senate floor – where it will live or die – got harder.

Senate budget chief J.D. Alexander, R-Lake Wales, said the chamber won’t take up the train bill as long as the House persists in taking $420 million in road/transit money and using it to fund other programs, an action the House approved last week.

Unless and until the House abandons that position, Alexander said, there’s no point in bringing SunRail to the floor, where it’s likely to produce a drawn-out debate and uncertain outcome.

“There no reason to take a divisive vote on the floor … it could go either way, but why do that if you’re going to sweep the trust fund and take away the very funding that you would be arguing about,” Alexander said.

If lawmakers vote to drain that much cash from the state's $560 million transportation trust fund, “you’re going to turn the Department of Transportation into the Department of Pothole Repair,” imperiling both SunRail and the Port of Miami tunnel project, he added.

Sen. Paula Dockery, the Lakeland Republican fighting the SunRail deal, has said she has the votes to kill the insurance bill on the floor, and its sponsor, Sen. Lee Constantine, R-Altamonte Springs, wasn't willing to disagree Tuesday -- adding Senate President Jeff Atwater probably wouldn't let it hit the floor if he didn't think it had the votes to pass.

But Alexander said it might not even get that far in the decision-making process.

“If that’s the House’s position, then why go through a torturous debate that may or may not turn out that way, when essentially the issue’s been resolved by the budget decisions of the House?" he said.
http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/news_politics/2009/04/sunrail-caught-in-budget-stalemate.html
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