Two Lawmakers Urge Governor To Spare High-Speed Rail Funding

Two Democratic lawmakers are urging Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to stand by his statements of support and spare funding for California's high-speed rail project when he vetoes 700 million dollars from the new state budget.

The state's high-speed rail board has recommended that California build a 700-mile system linking its biggest cities with trains running at top speeds of more than 200 miles per hour.

The overdue budget that lawmakers approved yesterday includes
more than 20 million dollars to continue engineering and environmental work on that project.

But state Senator Dean Florez of Shafter and Assembly woman Fiona
Ma of San Francisco say they're concerned that Schwarzenegger might veto the high-speed rail funds before he signs the budget into law.

Schwarzenegger promised Republican lawmakers that he would cut
700 million dollars to balance the 145-billion dollar budget.


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