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Abolish the California High-Speed Rail

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The High-Speed Rail in California is no longer the same bullet train that California voters had initially passed. In April 2012 the California High-Speed Rail Authority revised their plan in which the railroad tracks will merge with already existing commuter tracks in the Bay Area as well as Southern California. This is not the same bullet train the voters had originally passed in 2008. The funding of the project is also very unclear. The California High-Speed Rail Authority claims to need $53 to $62 billion dollars to fund phase one, discussed above. The state currently has $9.95 billion in taxpayer money, and $3.5 billion in federal grants, but where is the rest of the money needed to fund this project going to arise from? Can our state handle a project totaling an alleged 62 billion dollars with the budget cuts in education in law enforcement (USC Dornsife/ LA Time Press Release)*? The Central Valley holds a large number of voters who have, since the approval of the rail, expressed feelings of anger and frustration with the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Our state is not financially ready for such a project. The loss of thousands of acres of farmland and the loss of businesses in the Central Valley is not worth the construction of a bullet train that most citizens have claimed they will not use. We, the undersigned, petition the construction of the California High-Speed Rail, to repeal the funding of the $62 billion dollar project and to regain control of the land in Central Valley and not add to our state’s deficit.

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