Mack Commends Scott on Rejection of Rail Funds

Mar 07, 2011, 17:26 ET from Office of Congressman Connie Mack

Mack:  "Florida does not need its version of the 'Big Dig!'"

WASHINGTON, March 7, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressman Connie Mack (FL-14) today commended Governor Rick Scott for rejecting the $2.4 billion in big government project spending being forced on the state by U.S. Senator Bill Nelson.

Below is the text of the letter:

March 7, 2011

The Honorable Rick Scott, Governor

State of Florida

The Capitol

400 S. Monroe St.

Tallahassee, FL 32399

Dear Governor Scott,

I commend you on your courageous rejection of federal funds which would have put the State of Florida in debt to the federal government.  As you and I have discussed, Floridians understand that the federal government is broke and it is not the right time to put the state's budget in debt to the federal government by committing additional state funds to the $2.4 billion in federal dollars to establish a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando.  Florida does not need its version of the "Big Dig," a project pushed in Massachusetts by believers in big government which also was originally estimated at $2.6 billion and needed up costing taxpayers $14.8 billion and cost a mother of three her life due to shoddy construction.  

As a Florida Member of Congress, I look forward to working with your office in Tallahassee to restore fiscal stability to our state without invoking new, burdensome taxes or by hiding behind spending projects dictated by the President and Senator Bill Nelson.  Rejecting these funds is a step in the right direction, and I strongly support your decision.

Sincerely,

CONNIE MACK

Member of Congress

SOURCE Office of Congressman Connie Mack