Thanks, but no thanks.

(The Hill) — Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) announced Wednesday that he is sending back $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money reserved for building a high speed rail network.

“Rather than investing in a high-risk rail project we should be focusing on improving our ports, rail and highway infrastructure,” Scott announced according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Building an international network of superfast trains has been a longterm goal of the Obama administration and a key initiative of its federal stimulus investments. Republicans and especially a number of Republican governors have criticized the plan as another example of ineffective government spending.

Last week Vice President Biden announced in Philadelphia a new $53 billion plan over the next six years to build a national high speed rail network as a means to create jobs and improve American transportation.

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