Trump Administration Demands California Pay Back Over $2 Billion for Bullet Train

High Speed Rail FresnoThe Trump administration announced on Tuesday that it is exploring “every legal option” to reclaim $2.5 billion in federal funds spent by California on its now-defunct high-speed rail project, and also that it intends to cancel $928 million in federal grants not yet paid for the project to link Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

The move was a dramatic escalation in the ongoing war of words and policy between California and the White House. California Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, declared during his State of the State address last week that he was shelving plans for the $77 billion rail project that had been championed by environmental groups, admitting that “as currently planned, [it] would cost too much and take too long.”

In response to the Trump administration’s legal threat Tuesday, Newsom vowed that he would not sit “idly by” as the White House engaged in what he called “political retribution” against California. …

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  1. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    So Gabby Tiresome “won’t sit idly by”, huh ? If Trump prevails in the refund quest, any takers in a pool for how soon after that we see YET ANOTHER “carbon tax” (phony invisible poker chips) on GASOLINE ??

  2. Gotta Gedada Displace says

    It was later announced that “shelving” really meant COMPLETING the current phase of the project. FOR WHAT ? The Moonbeam Memorial Elevated Bicycle and Jogging Path? (Longest and highest in the world ! ) I was unable to verify online or get a return response from the HSR Authority if a single TRAIN has yet to be contracted, paid, or delivered (I HOPE not !)

  3. See what happens when Jose Pancho Becerra files 45 worthless lawsuits against the Feds? It is too bad that the promoter of the lawsuit isn’t forced to pay for the court costs if he loses!

  4. If anyplace could stand a little “political retribution” I would say California was ripe for it..

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