The Tampa Bay Times “Scott Bashing” on the Wrong Track…

Governor Rick Scott

The Tampa Bay Times in the editorial section of the 04/10/2012 edition AGAIN trashes Governor Rick Scott on the issue of rail.  Today’s version is with regard to Scott’s decision to derail a bill to add a light rail project in Pinellas County.  This bill would be financed by taxpayers, increasing the sales tax in Pinellas from seven cents to eight cents on the dollar.

What they haven’t done a story on or mentioned is the Florida East Coast IndustriesAll Aboard Florida” project reported across the State by other news sources including The Daily and The Palm Beach Post which states “Florida’s taxpayers will have no ongoing construction or operating risks”  for the new system, which “will include business and coach class service with advance purchase reserved seating, gourmet meals, WiFi, and the ability to work productively throughout the entire trip,” according to the company.

Maybe the Tampa Bay Times should do a follow-up story on the High Speed Rail project?  How that’s going for the other states who were so eager to take advantage of the Federal boondoggle billions?  Reportedly the $4 billion in federal funds has been provided so far for the 500-mile project in the State of California. The current estimated cost of the project is reportedly $68 billion?   Also being reported, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, a congressional committee, has begun a review of California’s high-speed rail project, including possible conflicts of interest and whether a large government commitment would pull federal tax dollars away from other transportation projects.  Who woulda thunk it!? 

Coming soon?  The Tampa Bay Times glowing editorial on High Speed Rail and  Governor Jerry Brown.  Yipeee!

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5 Responses to The Tampa Bay Times “Scott Bashing” on the Wrong Track…

  1. Alan Sayler says:

    If it is a government job paid by tax dollars, it must be good! The government knows what we need!


  2. Tom says:

    Congrats on your new blog Al and great article! Considering the Tampa Bay Times owns the left wing Politifact, it’s no wonder these left wing radical rags can no longer employ journalism and be objective. I’m sure the Times will have no problem in supporting the radical agenda of Obama as he dismantles capitalism and the Constitution? Gov. Scott has done a very good job since being elected. Overcoming a $3.8 billion budget deficit in his first couple of months as governor. Now the rail issue, it’s certainly controversial. Gov. Scott is one of the few governors who understands the economic and financial woes his state and taxpayers are facing. It’s no longer business as usual, nor spend as usual. Show some fiscal restraint and don’t spend money we don’t have! Great job Gov. Scott!


    • Thanks Tom. I had no idea the Gov inherited a $3.8 billion deficit. Let’s hope the “All About Florida” project gets ontrack.


    • Hoshmand says:

      Along with any project comes the need for prpoer planning and making sure the parties benefiting from it bear a large portion of the associated costs. If this project is to move forward, there is no question that solutions to all infrastructure related matters must be resolved. This can be done and happens all the time. If done prpoerly, the parties to benefit from the CSX project include not only CSX, but ALSO the residents of Winter Haven, Polk County, and the State of Florida. Anyone owning a business and trying to maintain or create jobs for people here surely knows how difficult our economy is right now due in part ot our lack of economic diversity. The CSX project, along with the many other support business and others who will likely co-locate here in the future, will no doubt have a positive impact to the City’s, County’s, and State’s economies. This project will help better tie us into the world economy, and add depth and variety to our local business community.We have a golden opportunity to attract a world-class business to central Florida. I recall Polk Vision concluded that Polk County needed to attract this kind of business to help directly and indirectly create jobs and bring wealth into our community, which will benefit all residents. Let’s work together to figure out solutions to make this happen in a responsible way.


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