The Trump administration has decided to pull $1 billion in funding from the state of California over the whole bullet train debacle, essentially flipping the bird to Gov. Gavin Newsom.
The Department of Transportation cut approximately $928.6 million in funds that were supposed to assist the state in completing its high-speed rail project.
The Wall Street Journal reports:
The Trump administration made good on its threat to cancel nearly $1 billion in funding for California’s troubled high-speed rail project after Gov. Gavin Newsom said he would scale back its scope.take our poll - story continues below
In a letter Thursday to the head of the California High Speed Rail Authority, Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory confirmed the move the administration had floated in February, officially terminating the Transportation Department’s agreement to provide an additional $928.6 million to help pay for the project. …
The withdrawal of the federal dollars calls into question whether California will be able to finish even a shortened high-speed rail line using just its own money.
The high-speed rail authority sent a letter in March to the Transportation Department asking it not to follow through on its threat to revoke funding, according to Mr. Batory.
In all fairness, Trump had already forked over $2.5 billion to the project, so it’s not likely he’s just trying to be a jerk here. This whole thing has been a nightmare since its inception.
A statement released by the Department of Transportation stated that California’s rail authority has “repeatedly failed to comply with the terms of the FY10 agreement and has failed to make reasonable progress on the project. Additionally, California has abandoned its original vision of a high speed passenger rail service connecting San Francisco and Los Angeles, which was essential to its applications for FRA grant funding.”
It seems like Newsom and those in charge of this project were really dragging their feet on things, though they were eager to snatch up federal dollars for it. Makes you wonder if the whole thing wasn’t some sort of well planned scheme.
Has Newsom learned his lesson now? Wouldn’t count on it.
Source: Daily Wire