Lawsuit Challenges Scott's Rejection of Federal Money

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has filed a sharply worded response to a lawsuit challenging his refusal to accept $2.4 billion in federal money for the Tampa-Orlando high speed rail project.

Scott's response filed Wednesday begins by saying two state senators asked the court to step in after their "policy preferences have not prevailed in the political process."

State Sens. Arthenia Joyner, a Tampa Democrat, and Thad Altman, a Viera Republican, contend Florida law gives Scott no choice but to accept the stimulus funding.

Scott says he won't do it because Florida taxpayers may be stuck with billions in cost overruns and subsidies.

The governor has until Friday to accept a revised plan for local management designed to absolve the state of liability.

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