The following excerpt is from an op-ed written by David Gardiner for the Orlando Sentinel. To read the full article, please click here.

“Sen. Bill Nelson recently announced that Florida would be receiving an additional $800 million for the high-speed rail project. This is one of the smartest economic investments that Florida could make.

“Perhaps more important, it is a significant step in reducing our reliance on unstable and expensive supplies of foreign oil.

“The plan to link Tampa Bay, Orlando, and Miami by rail is already financed by the federal government and would therefore not be a burden on the state. Florida has been given $1.25 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in addition to the recently announced $800 million, all of which will be forfeited to another state if Florida’s leaders choose not to proceed with this opportunity, instead of investing in the economic development of Florida.”

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