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Supremes fast-track oral arguments on high-speed rail lawsuit

by Dara Kam | March 2nd, 2011

The Florida Supreme Court ordered oral arguments tomorrow at 3 p.m. on a lawsuit filed by two senators against Gov. Rick Scott over his nixing of a high-speed rail project.

The suit, filed by Sens. Thad Altman, R-Rockledge, and Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, accuses Scott of overstepping his authority when he rejected $2.4 billion in federal stimulus funds for a Tampa-to-Orlando rail project already approved by the legislature and his predecessor Charlie Crist.

Scott argued in his response that it was his privilege to turn down the money and that, at best, the court could order him to spend the $130.8 million already appropriated by the legislature for the project “to build a few miles of railroad for no apparent purpose”

If they did that, the “Court will have created the high-speed railroad to nowhere,” Scott’s response reads.

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2 Responses to “Supremes fast-track oral arguments on high-speed rail lawsuit”

  1. Unreal Says:

    So who can confirm that what Scott says is true? Does the DOT have a requirement that he must approve the use of funds? It will be curious to find that now that he has staked his position, whether or not the Feds will change their own rules about his approval, predicated of course that what Scott says is correct.

  2. Jimmie Rogers Says:

    To the tune of Jimmie Rogers:

    The original:

    Waiting for a Train

    All Around The Water Tank, Waiting For A Train
    a Thousand Miles Away From Home, Sleeping In The Rain
    i Walked Up To A Brakeman To Give Him A Line Of Talk
    he Says: If You’ve Got Money, I’ll See That You Don’t Walk
    i Haven’t Got A Nickel, Not A Penny Can I Show
    he Said: Get Off, You Railroad Bum And Slammed The Boxcar Door

    he Put Me Off In Texas, A Place I Surely Love
    wide Open Spaces ‘round Me, The Moon And Stars Above
    nobody Seems To Want Me Or Lend Me A Helping Hand
    i’m On My Way From Frisco, Goin’ Back To Dixie Land
    my Pocket Book Is Empty And My Heart Is Filled With Pain
    i’m A 1000 Miles Away From Home Just Waiting For A Train

    The parody:

    Waiting for a Bullet Train

    All around the Sunshine State, waiting for a train
    Two billion dollars to build our home, flushed right down the drain
    We walked up to the Captain, to see if he would talk
    He says I got no money here, so you might as well just walk
    We won’t spend a nickel, not a penny shall we owe
    He said piss off you liberal scum and he slammed the limo door

    He put us off in Florida, a place we surely love
    Sunny skies, and ocean tides, and laws that he thinks he’s above
    Most people seem to want it, and that we need a helping hand
    Someday we’d go from Tampa, all the way to Disneyland!
    You say the laws we passed are empty, and we must feel the pain
    As you cut your taxes for the rich, we’re still waiting on a train!

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