High Speed Locomotive Runs Outta Rail

Years ago I marched against a “corridor” being built in our area in Central Florida. Now here we are again, different gov but same issue. Well, kinda.

A lot of us were upset when the president gave the okay on the high-speed rail from Tampa to Orlando. First thought: our taxes are goin’ up. Second thought: who gets the benefit, Disney.

Now Governor Scott has stepped in and said no way. He made us some promises and knows we’re paying attention.

Here’s the short take on his reasons:

  • He sent a budget proposal to the legislature to reduce size and scope of government – pass savings to taxpayers to create jobs, help economy
  • Reduce government’s reach to hold it accountable, create an environment where economy can prosper
  • Reduce taxes to put money in hands of Florida taxpayers and businesses, which can be spent to create more jobs
  • It doesn’t take an economics expert to understand spending more money than you make will fail your business
  • Yet, the president just announced a $3.73 trillion budget – the largest budget deficit in our nation’s history

  • The president’s budget includes $1.6 trillion in higher taxes

  • People can’t build a business when America has the highest taxes in the world

The governor added three main economic realities:

First capital cost overruns could cost taxpayers an additional $3 billion.

Second – taxpayers could incur subsidies from $300 to $575 million over 10 years.

Finally – if the project becomes too costly and it’s shut down, Florida has to return $2.4 billion in federal funds to D.C.

Kudos to the gov, I say.

Something else Governor Scott worded in his statement that I have said for years.

The government has no money—it can only give what has already been taken from us—the taxpayers.

How about you? Where do you stand? Would love to talk.

May Your Glass Always Be Half Full

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About Maxi

Hi … I'm Maxi, a retiree with an addiction. I have quit: raising kids, cleaning house, cooking, doing laundry—there is no end the list—everything is done on "have to." The addiction? Writing to my last breath. blessings ~ maxi
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