Trump Seeks to Take Back Funds From California Rail Project

This is why we elected Donald Trump as President.  When California tries to STEAL billions from the people of California for a scam and economic disaster, he stands up and say no more.

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will cancel more than $900 million in federal grants earmarked for an ambitious California high-speed rail project after the state’s Democratic governor said he now plans to focus on completing a single segment in an interior region.

In addition, the U.S. Transportation Department said it was exploring legal options to recoup $2.5 billion in federal funds already granted to the project by the Federal Railroad Administration, according to a DOT statement.”

There is no high speed rail and never will be.  The effort is to payoff unions, contractors and special interests.  The goal is to make developers wealthy and to get donations for Democrats.  The plan is not about transportation, it is about politics.  Trump is willing to tell the truth even if the Hollywood slicky serving as Governor refuses.

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Trump Seeks to Take Back Funds From California Rail Project

By Ryan Beene and Romy Varghese, Bloomberg,  2/19/19

 

 

Initially conceived as connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles with a high-speed train that would slash travel times and transform the state’s economy, California’s project has been beset by cost overruns and delays that have ballooned the price. Governor Gavin Newsom, who took office in January, said last week that the rail as planned “would cost too much and take too long,” and he would instead finish roughly 120 miles of track already under construction in the state’s Central Valley.

The administration’s move comes amid escalating tensions between it and Democratic leaders of the most populous U.S. state. Talks between California and federal officials on vehicle emissions and fuel economy standards have broken down without a deal, three people familiar with the matter said Tuesday. California on Monday led a group of more than a dozen states in a lawsuit to block President Donald Trump from diverting funds from the federal budget to pay for his promised border wall.

“This is clear political retribution by President Trump, and we won’t sit idly by,” Newsom said in a statement Tuesday. “This is California’s money, and we are going to fight for it.”

Trump has lambasted California’s high-speed rail project, in the works for more than a decade, as wasteful and called for the state to return federal funding.

“We want that money back now. Whole project is a “green” disaster!” Trump said in a Feb. 13 tweet.

Newsom said the state is properly using the money to finish the segment in the Central Valley, a mostly rural agricultural region. Newsom said preliminary work on the entire system would continue and that he would seek more federal and private funding. “The train is leaving the station — better get on board!” he tweeted Feb. 13.

In a letter to California officials released by DOT on Tuesday, FRA Administrator Ronald Batory said the state authority responsible for the rail project failed to comply with the terms of the $929.6 million in federal funds.

 

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Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. “This is clear political retribution by President Trump, and we won’t sit idly by,” Newsom said in a statement Tuesday. “This is California’s money, and we are going to fight for it.”

    Pretty much, pretty boy, and no, it’s NOT “California’s money”, it’s Federal money and your entitlement mentality is exactly why you should be recalled for abdication of fiduciary duty to the taxpayers of California who are SICK of being fleeced to buy your union votes!!!

    Time to take back California, folks….

  2. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    If they DO “finish the remaining 120 miles”, Moonbeam and Gabby Tiresome should be added to the concrete.

  3. Slick called it a failure. There is no justification to spend more taxpayer money on failure. Trump is correct, cancel any further money and demand back what the State knew to be a failure from the start.

  4. As most of us all expected, the High Speed Rail Train would at best be able to transport cows from Corcoran to Bakersfield in record time. I agreed with Newsome ending the charade but why continue to build a central valley rail line that will never do anything? He should just leave the skeletal remains of the incomplete project as an homage to Jerry Brown.

  5. From what I have read, Ca violated the terms of the contract agreement with the fed and has lost the right to the residual of the loan…

  6. Barry Johnson says

    Again another reason for me to leave this state after 56 years. Pretty Boy will get his way, just as Cortez did in New York, losing Billions and thousands of job’s, and the Democrats and Main stream “FAKE NEWS” will blame all on the best president I have seen since Lincoln. i Hope for the best for you trying to “Ride it Out”, I will be in Havasu, hoping the Blue wave stay’s on California side of River.

  7. The Captive says

    Our brave and seeker of truth president TRUMP is doing the RIGHT THING. All the liars and corrupt individuals in the CA state and Nat. Government still scam the voters ALL THE TIME. Where there is NO TRUST there is no business.(just monkey business)

  8. There needs to be a continual heavy stream of announcements by radio and TV and internet/Face book about the past and present corruption in California. It must be heavy and relentless to cause an effect on the pubic psyche, hitting from all sides. There needs to be the money and foundational program for this.

    • Agreed….
      Hopefully Mr. Frank wins CA GOP chairman and restores the strength and unity of the GOP and does exactly what you said….

  9. Russ Lindley says

    My version of the Monkey’s hit song, “Last train to Clarksville” on the wasted money of a train to nowhere!

    Take the only train to Nowhere
    And we’ll never meet at the station.
    You can never be there by four thirty,
    ‘Cause I never made a reservation.
    Don’t be fooled, oh, no, no, no!
    Oh, no, no, no!

    ‘Cause I’m drinkin in the morning
    And drinkin throughout the day
    We’ll have one more drink together
    ‘Til the day whenever our train comes in.
    And I must pay, oh, no, no, no!
    Oh, no, no, no!
    And I don’t even know if I’ll ever ride that train.

    Take the empty train to Farmland.
    While I’ll be waiting at the bank.
    Never a dime for my own money
    And a useless train conversation.
    Oh… Oh, no, no, no!
    Oh, no, no, no!

    Take the only train to Nowhere,
    Now I must waste my money again
    I can’t stand the Newsome noises
    let him pay for it all alone.
    I’m feelin’ screwed. Oh, no, no, no!
    Oh, no, no, no!
    And I don’t know if I’ll ever stay in CA again.

    Take the only train to Nowhere,
    Take the empty train to Nowhere

  10. Newsome will go to court, hoping some lame brained federal judge (not a state judge, he has to use the federal system) will rule that CA is entitled to keep the cash. On this, I think the President prevails. Can’t wait to leave CA.

  11. “Governor” Gabby Gruesome can’t give that money back because he’s already used it to pay off those who got him anointed.
    Now he’s sweating bullets to keep that fact from being found out.
    He’s desperate to “cover his tracks” here.
    Fox.
    Out.

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