Iorio throws in the towel on bid to save high-speed rail

The Mayor, who has been working hard with her legal staff to come up with a new plan that could meet the federal Department of Transportation and the Governor's requirements, says "the most disturbing part of the Governor's decision is that he will not even allow the bid process to take place."  Iorio, usually a mild-mannered sort, is absolutely baffled by the mindset of our new leader.

She writes, "As a mayor who cares about economic development and the encouragement of investment by the private sector, I can not understand or justify his stance."

Earlier today U.S. Senator Bill Nelson, who hadn't heard anything official from Scott, told the Orlando Sentinel that "The state of Florida is completely out of it financially. I hope the governor will recognize that."

But apparently not.

Like all good politicians, Pam Iorio is pragmatic.

So the Tampa Mayor isn't even waiting until Rick Scott prepares an official press release rejecting the federal government's $2.4 billion in funds to create a Tampa to Orlando high speed rail line before issuing her own release expressing her disappointment that the Governor will not allow the project to go forward.

In her statement, the Mayor writes that Scott's reasoning to reject the money (again) "does not take into account the work that has been done in the past week, which lays out a clear path for private investment and risk responsibility," adding, "The facts are clear: we have addressed his concerns on risk - the risk will fall to the private sector."

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