And now nobody will get any high speed rail money this year, reports the News Service of Florida. The budget steal struck on Capitol Hill late last week aimed at keeping the federal government open struck the entire $2.9 billion that would have been available for states to use for high speed rail, much of it money that Florida threw back into the pot. In fact, Gov. Rick Scott earlier this week took credit for making some of that money available for Congress to cut from the budget when he rejected money for high speed rail for Florida. The New York Times on Tuesday called the scrubbing of high speed money a major setback for the Obama administration, which has wanted to spend more than $50 billion over six years to get high speed rail going in the country in an effort to catch up with Japan and some European countries where it? common. Twenty-four other states had sought some of the money the Scott administration rejected.
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