Statements about Transportation
Says Tri-Rail shows the potential problems with investing in high-speed rail.
"The Constitution doesn't allow the governor to not-spend appropriations funds."
"It is projected that 3.07 million people will use the train annually. Keep in mind that Amtrak's Acela train in Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore only had 3.2 million riders in 2010."
TSA "started off with 16,500 screeners and the agency has mushroomed to 67,000 employees with 3,590 administrative people ... making over $105,000 per year on average."
The U.S. "had the opportunity with Israel coming and talking to us about improving our security screening procedures, and we turned them down."
"The amount of the revenue required by the state (for the construction of high-speed rail) is around 10 percent."
Says Alex Sink's plans for governor include $12.5 billion in new spending.
The sales tax increase, if approved, will cost taxpayers "up to $300 million per year, in perpetuity, to finance a rail system for the City of Tampa."
The addition of a 1 percent sales tax would cost a typical household in Hillsborough County approximately $12 a month.
If voters agree in November to approve a one-cent sales tax increase, that will give "Hillsborough County the highest sales tax of all Florida counties."
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