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Unformatted text preview: for HSR began to wane, and gubernatorial candidates in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Florida who
opposed or were skeptical about HSR won their elections. The new governors of Wisconsin and Ohio have since canceled
their states’ programs, and the Florida program, one of only two real HSR programs funded by the FRA, is
under review by the new governor. The California program, the only other real HSR proposal, will likely not
be built because of its exceptionally high cost and California’s long-term, systemic fiscal crisis. Despite Congress’s
commitment of significant funding to the program and the President’s giddy excitement about an America transformed by an inefficient,
inconvenient, and wildly expensive mode of travel, the President’s HSR program is in a state of collapse. The new Congress should put an
end to what little life remains in this futile and costly exercise and use any recovered funds for deficit reduction. Ohio and Wisconsin
Reject the Federal Funds. For inexplicable reasons, in January 2010, the FRA awarded $4.5 billion (56 percent) of the
HSR funds to existing freight railroad...
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