Patterson: Democrats vote to SUBSIDIZE Train to Nowhere—Voters Said NO

When the people vote for the bonds to authorize the creation of the train to nowhere, the language was clear—NO SUBSIDIES to operate the train.  Now we know it is going to have year after year, a massive deficit.  Without a subsidy, it cannot operate.  Of course $200 billion, needed for health care, education, public services like libraries, firefighting and police.

“ AB 3278 declares the Legislature’s intent to uphold the no-subsidy requirement of Prop 1A, and clarifies that any train operator hired by the Authority is still beholden to this requirement. This bill would protect the intent of Prop 1A and ensure that Californians who voted for the project are not victims of a “bait and switch.”

 “The People of California got it right when they made clear there would be no operating subsidy for the bullet train under Prop 1A,” says Assemblyman Patterson. “Killing AB 3278 for rank, political reasons overrides the express will of the people just because a batch of special interests said to do so.”

It looks like Sacramento has decided to no longer listen to the vote of the people.  Another reason to defeat the Democrats in November.  Honest government in California—only in the textbooks.

Democrats vote to SUBSIDIZE Train to Nowhere—Voters Said NO

Assemblyman Jim Patterson,  6/3/20   

In the dead of night with no hearing, the Chair of the Appropriations Committee Lorena Gonzalez—notorious for these kinds of tactics—killed AB 3278, a bill just passed in May out of the Assembly Transportation Committee with strong, bipartisan support.

 AB 3278 declares the Legislature’s intent to uphold the no-subsidy requirement of Prop 1A, and clarifies that any train operator hired by the Authority is still beholden to this requirement. This bill would protect the intent of Prop 1A and ensure that Californians who voted for the project are not victims of a “bait and switch.”

 “The People of California got it right when they made clear there would be no operating subsidy for the bullet train under Prop 1A,” says Assemblyman Patterson. “Killing AB 3278 for rank, political reasons overrides the express will of the people just because a batch of special interests said to do so.”

The High Speed Rail Authority published its 2020 Draft Business Plan, which makes it clear that the Authority plans to utilize an operating subsidy when the system begins running, despite the clear language found in Prop 1A. The independent Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO), in its review of the Draft Business Plan, noted that HSRA’s reliance on a $54 million/year state subsidy violates the spirit of Prop 1A.

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Comments

  1. Rottweiler says

    I would write a check for the train if it would take all of the inept, corrupt, impotent progressive Democrats elsewhere. They are ruining the state and the voters vote for it. So what can you say to slow zebras who want to self-destruct while ruining their community? Adios amigos!

  2. Cars Are Basic, tried to warn the public and was ignored and in some instances slammed for being obstructive.

    Now it is the anti car, anti personal transportation groups who are being obstructive. CAB has called and continues to call for the “defending” of State wide transportation failures.

    The question becomes one will those who refused to see these failures State Wide, or see them and cannot admit to themselves they bought a fraud that leads to repeated failure.

    CarsAreBasic.org

  3. First Gov Nuisance sends billions out for faulty masks, stops bail, cancels theft charges if under $950, sends millions to illegal immigrants for wages lost and life support, empties our jails of the worst kind of evil, ‘child abusers and rapists’ then cries broke???? Gov Nuisance has done nothing but spend trillions without accountability or vote, and stops income streams back to the state for their hard work of getting these crooks off the street, ends independent jobs, keeps powering millions into a hole in the center if his own city for ‘a go nowhere train’. He’s insane and so is anyone following like sheep to slaughter.

  4. The Captive says

    If NO CHOO-CHOO happens , then NO Gruesome-newsome can happen. The most two-faced liar to have as a “leader” is disgusting! Come on people we do not need failure after failure in the governor’s seat —we need COMMON SENSE AND PEOPLE who will practice frugal judgment. Keep it simple and do the right thing and most of the time the people will get what they voted for!

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