Senate Democratic Leader Pro Tempore Arthenia Joyner (D-Tampa) on Monday once again criticized Governor Rick Scott for singlehandedly rejecting billions in federal stimulus money intended to launch high speed rail in Florida, adding that other states owed him a debt of gratitude.
?Let? get to work?was supposed to be about getting Florida to work, not Delaware, California, and all the 15 states getting $2 billion of the $2.4 billion the governor rejected for high speed rail,?said Sen. Joyner. ?n his personal feud with President Obama, he threw away at least 24,000 good paying jobs that other states will now provide because they were wise enough to recognize the governor? ego-driven folly. While Florida fumbled, they scored a touchdown.?
Senator Joyner was one of two state senators to sue the governor in Florida? high court over his ill advised rejection of the federal money. Along with Senator Thad Altman (R-Melbourne) the lawmakers argued that Governor Scott had overstepped his executive authority. The lawsuit was not successful. However, the governor? attorney 5 weeks later notified the Court that a factual representation he made during oral arguments as to financial figures was inaccurate.