By Keith Laing - 01/12/12 07:31 PM EST
Scott was one of three Republican governors elected in the Tea Party wave elections of 2010 to reject money from the Obama administration, which included $8 billion in the 2009 economic stimulus package for the president’s vision of a nationwide network of high-speed rails.
Since the rejection, Scott has seized on reports about a similar rail proposal in California, which has reportedly had its projected cost triple.
“The news today out of California that high-speed rail cost estimates have now tripled to the $100 billion range reinforces that Florida made the right decision earlier this year to protect taxpayers from just this sort of boondoggle," he said in a statement when reports surfaced that the California railway would cost $98 billion instead of $33 billion.
"As I said at the time, high-speed rail would be far too costly to taxpayers and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits."
The Department of Transportation redirected the money that was rejected by Florida to 15 other states, including California.