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Legislators Take Long Look at Stripping Down, Scrapping Calif.’s High-Speed Rail



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High-speed rail is taking quite a tremendous hit due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Last week, California Asms. Vince Fong (R–Bakersfield) and Kevin Kiley (R–Rocklin) proposed a bill that would halt high-speed rail funding for two years.
The more than $3 billion in budget savings from high-speed rail spending would help the state manage its coronavirus-driven $54 billion deficit and counteract Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed cuts to K-12 education.
“We need to seriously reevaluate high-speed rail funding, especially when this state is asking Californians to make real sacrifices,” Fong said. “If Governor Newsom is threatening cuts to education, healthcare programs, and diverting road funds to address our budget deficit, while at the same time $2.4 billion is sitting in an account for a boondoggle rail project, that is unacceptable.”
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