Tampa tea party activists tell Scott ‘no’ on hi-speed rail, say he didn’t cut enough from budgetby Dara Kam | February 10th, 2011
The pair, who also attended a tea party rally in Eustis on Monday where Scott rolled out his first-ever budget, said the high-speed rail project is symbolic of wasteful government spending of taxpayers’ money. The federal government has given Florida $2.4 billion for the Tampa-Orlando project, which is expected to cost at least $2.6 billion.
That’s not included cost overruns typical of such projects, the tea partiers pointed out.
“We’ve got to stop the spending,” Calvert told reporters after the meeting with Scott.
As to Scott’s budget, in which he claims to have cut $4.62 billion but in reality reduced spending by closer to $3 billion, the tea partiers were relatively unimpressed.
“We don’t think it went far enough,” Janoch said.