California’s lying, thieving Democrats … [Darleen Click]
The Browndoggle about so-called “high speed rail” was authorized by the socialist Democrat dominated assembly
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The California Assembly on Thursday approved legislation that would authorize the state to begin selling about $4.5 billion in state bonds for the nation’s first high-speed rail system, taking an initial step toward the ambitious $68 billion project that Gov. Jerry Brown hopes will be a part of his legacy.
Lawmakers approved SB1029 on a 51-27 vote Thursday afternoon, with Republicans opposing it, sending the legislation to the state Senate, where it is expected to face a more contentious vote Friday.
So, you don’t live in California and maybe experience a little Schadenfreude at how the Leftist experiment is bankrupting a state that by all other measures should be an economic powerhouse?
Well, guess what, CA Democrats are picking your pocket, too.
The bill paves the way for California to begin selling $2.6 billion in voter-approved bonds and allocates another $1.9 billion for regional rail improvements in Northern and Southern California, and allows the state to tap $3.2 billion in federal grants to start construction of the first segment in the Central Valley.
The Feds are going to pour billions into building a segment in a part of the state they have already devastated when they turned off the water to farmers to save a bait fish. Makes perfect sense.
And while too many CA voters were scammed into supporting so-called “high-speed” rail, now that the money is going to roll in, the lying-thieving Democrats are going to use it for other things …
Democratic leaders have spent the last few weeks crafting the bill to entice support from as many lawmakers as possible, and in recent days, they included additional financing to help electrify Caltrain, a San Jose-San Francisco commuter line, and upgrade Metrolink’s commuter lines in Southern California.
Dan Richard, chairman of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, which is managing the project, tried to emphasize those projects rather than the massive high-speed rail infrastructure Thursday, as a Field Poll showed that support for Brown’s November proposal to temporarily raise state sales and income taxes could slip considerably if lawmakers approve funding for high-speed rail.
“What our new business plan is all about is an integrated rail modernization program for the state,” Richard, a Brown appointee, told reporters before the Assembly convened. “It’s not just high-speed rail, it’s $12 billion of programs that include upgrading Caltrain in the Bay area, replacing BART cars, updating the central subway system in San Francisco, building the regional interconnector in Los Angeles. These are top-priority projects, and this vote is about funding all of those.”
Graft and bribery — Dan Richard is publicly admitting the diversion of funds to projects that were never part of Proposition 1A.
California’s powerful labor unions support this as a way to create jobs. But what good is building something that no one will use?
California is using taxpayer money to build a
ghost city ghost train.