They’ll have a little help from the federal government, too, of course. $3.2 billion worth. For now.
From The Associated Press:
The state Senate voted 21-16 on a party-line vote Friday after intense lobbying by Gov. Jerry Brown, Democratic leaders and labor groups.
The bill authorizes the state to begin selling $2.6 billion in voter-approved bonds to build an initial 130-miles stretch in the Central Valley. That would allow the state to collect about $3.2 billion in federal funding that could have been rescinded if lawmakers failed to act Friday.
Cue the celebratory tweets:
YES! Now CA will see that high-speed trains is what we need!!! Approved funding for bullet train LA-SAN FRAN!! http://t.co/sOLFlIta
— Rachel Deanna (@DaSolo25) July 6, 2012
CA St Sen approves billions to build high speed rail. Kudos to the 21 senators with the vision to vote for jobs, clean air & progress.
— Rose Kapolczynski (@RoseKapol) July 6, 2012
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) July 6, 2012
— Collin (@huygigh) July 6, 2012
All aboard, indeed. All aboard the Pain Train.
“@edshow: BREAKING: AP reports California state Senate approves high speed rail project” Waste!
— Brent (@brento76) July 6, 2012
— Johnny (@WhatsaUte) July 6, 2012
So proud of FL for saying NO. MT @GOPWhip: I'm disappointed in CA's decision to throw more taxpayer money at this high-speed rail boondoggle
— Jessica Seale (@JessaNaomi) July 6, 2012
If anybody hears yelling, no worries just my wife expressing her opinion on #CA and the high-speed rail.
— Richard J Dadamo (@DickDadamo) July 6, 2012
What are the odds that this project will come in at or below the proposed budget? With a predicted cost of $68 billion, does it even matter?
— Dr. Schadenfreude (@PoliticsOfFear) July 6, 2012
Great job, California. While you’re working on your fancy bullet train, you may just derail yourself.