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Brown on Lawmakers' High-Speed Rail Vote: "Thank God We Got It"

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 9, 2012

The ambitious high-speed rail project has faced lots of criticism - so it was almost a bit defiantly that U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood proclaimed…

Lahood: "High-speed rail is coming to America, and real high-speed rail - 200 mile an hour trains - will begin here in California."

Governor Brown praised the legislature for signing off last week on four-and-a-half billion dollars in state bonds.  That money will go toward the project's first phase in the Central Valley and regional rail projects elsewhere.

Brown: "It's creating jobs now and it's intimately and inextricably connected to billions of dollars of other local projects in both Northern and Southern California.  So it's a job creator and thank god we got it."

The governor also rejected the idea raised by a recent Field Poll that voters might be less likely to support his November tax measure if the high-speed rail project moves forward.

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