FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2018
Senate GOP Leader Patricia Bates Responds to Yet Another Massive Cost Increase for High-Speed Rail
SACRAMENTO – Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) issued the following statement after the California High-Speed Rail Authority released a business plan today that estimates the project’s cost jumping another 20 percent (from $64 billion to $77 billion) and the opening date being pushed to 2033:
“Today’s news is further evidence that the high-speed rail project is a financial train wreck for taxpayers. Every additional tax dollar spent on this unnecessary project is one less dollar for critical priorities such as fixing roads. That’s why I strongly opposed the gas and car tax increases because Sacramento’s budget decisions are out of whack. It’s time to stop overtaxing Californians and use the high-speed rail money instead for road repairs.”
Senate Republican Leader Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) represents the 36th Senate District in the California Legislature, which covers South Orange County, North San Diego County, and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.