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Poll: Californians Growing Sour on High-Speed Rail

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, December 6, 2011

When voters passed a nine billion dollar high-speed rail bond in 2008, they were told the price tag would be about $40 billion.  But a new business plan released last month puts that cost at nearly $100 billion.  Against that backdrop, the Field Poll finds that 65 percent of Californians want a "re-vote" on that high-speed rail bond - and if such a vote were held, 60 percent would reject it.  Republican Senator Doug LaMalfa says he'll introduce a bill as soon as lawmakers return in January to allow that re-vote:

LaMalfa: "I hope my Democrat colleagues can look at those numbers and decide that, well, they may still support it personally, but that they also agree with my position that the voters should have a chance to re-vote on it as well."

High-speed rail supporters argue the cost of building more freeway lanes and airport runways instead would be far worse.

The poll also reports that three out of four Californians are aware of the project.

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