California Governor Gavin Newsom Scraps High-Speed Train Because It Is Too Expensive

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Governor Newsom announced in his ‘State of the State’ address that the plan to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed rail “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long,” he told legislators. The price of the train rose from an initial estimate of $37 billion in 2008 to nearly $100 billion according to an estimate last year, and the earliest it would have been finished is in 2033.  He said the state would still build a portion of the system under construction in the rural Central Valley, denying that it would be a “train to nowhere.” He said the state would not send $3.5 billion back to the federal government to be spent by President Donald Trump.  The new governor also devoted much of his speech to attacking President Trump over “fear-mongering” over a “so-called border crisis.”

California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday in his “State of the State” address at the California State Capitol in Sacramento that he would abandon the state’s high-speed rail system because it was too expensive.

The plan to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles by high-speed rail “would cost too much and, respectfully, would take too long,” he told legislators. He said the state would still build a portion of the system under construction in the rural Central Valley, denying that it would be a “train to nowhere.” He said the state would not send $3.5 billion back to the federal government to be spent by President Donald Trump.

But Newsom said the state could not afford the total cost — even with what he noted was a “record-breaking surplus” in the state’s coffers, thanks to the ongoing economic recovery.

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Well, at least one wasteful spending is almost over. Let’s be thankful for that, now for the other stupid laws that need curtailing.