FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2015
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Vidak: ‘Governor is Driving a Shovel through the Heart of Our Central Valley’
Sacramento – Senator Andy Vidak (R-Hanford) responded with the following statement to the governor “breaking ground” on High-Speed Rail today in Fresno:
Today the governor is ‘breaking ground’ on the debacle known as High-Speed Rail and will unceremoniously drive a shovel through the heart of our Central Valley, destroying families, farms and futures.
To add insult to injury, Californians are already feeling the pain from the governor’s gas tax hike; a tax he plans to use to pay for his multi-billion dollar bauble train set.
Hardworking families should not have to pay more at the pump so they can drive to work and get their kids to school just to finance this High-Speed Rail boondoggle.
In the unlikely event High-Speed Rail ever gets built, most Californians won’t be able to afford the luxury to ride it.
Unfortunately, the governor’s High-Speed Rail project is eerily similar to other major projects engulfed by scandals:
- the unnecessary and bankrupting Harrisburg Incinerator;
- the lawsuit- and tragedy-ridden ‘Big Dig‘ in Boston; and
- the budget-busting, loosely-bolted Oakland Bay Bridge.
High-Speed Rail will leave a legacy of debt for California’s future generations.
Vidak introduced Senate Bill 5 to stop the hidden gas tax hike being cited for rising gas prices that began on January 1.
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Senator Vidak proudly serves the people of Kings, Fresno, Kern and Tulare counties.