By Keith Laing - 07/17/12 04:51 PM EDT
The Republican governors argued at the time of their
rejections that the railways would not generate enough ridership to
sustain their operations once they were built with the money from the
But Wytkind said the rejections of transportation money from the Obama administration cost the Republican governors' states 129,000 jobs.
"Apparently their knowledge of American history pales in comparison to Governor Brown’s, whose state will reap the benefits of a modernized rail transportation system: 600,000 jobs to build the system and 450,000 permanent jobs; reduced congestion and air pollution, and 13 million fewer barrels of foreign oil consumed annually," he said.
"Landmark U.S. infrastructure achievements were built on visions ahead of their time, dating back to President Lincoln’s funding of the intercontinental railroad in the midst of the civil war," Wytkind continued. "These things don’t just happen — they require political leaders in both parties who think about what their generation is going to leave for the next one. Right now this generation is leaving behind a crumbling transportation system."
The California railway has received more than $3 billion from the Obama administration, a figure which includes money that was redirected to the state after the governors' rejections in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin.