Gov. Scott Claim on High-Speed Rail is False, PolitiFact Says

Governor Scott's $1 billion number came from a study by the libertarian Reason Foundation. Sharockman says the study is biased and uses some faulty logic to come to that number.
TAMPA (2011-8-12) -

During Governor Rick Scott's recent "charm offensive" in Tampa, he defended his decision to kill high-speed rail in Florida.

The federal government was offering to pay $2.7 billion of the costs -- but Scott told WTSP in Tampa it would cost a lot more.

“You’ve got to put up a billion dollars to finish the project, and you’re going to lose money every year,” Scott said.

So would rail have cost Florida taxpayers a billion dollars? PolitiFact Florida rated Scott's claim "false."

“You look at the history of the project, the amount the state would have to pay was no more than $280 million,” said Aaron Sharockman of PolitiFact Florida.

“And quite frankly, the state was trying to get out of that as well,” he said.

Governor Scott's $1 billion number came from a study by the libertarian Reason Foundation. Sharockman says the study is biased and uses some faulty logic to come to that number.

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