Gov. Newsom Puts Brakes On California’s High-Speed Rail Plan

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Newsom's announcement comes in contrast to a proposal from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D., N.Y.) Green New Deal proposal.

California's high-speed choo-choo train drifted further into bizarro world Tuesday when the project's lead government body announced a $2.8 billion jump in costs for the first 119-mile section of the planned 800-mile route.

Newsom said the project "as now planned" would "cost too much and take too long", and added that there had been too little oversight and not enough transparency. "There's been too little oversight and not enough transparency". A revised business plan adopted last year pushed back the completion of the project by four more years and estimated a final cost of $77 billion.

The expensive project, which would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours, has been stalled since construction started in 2015 under then-Gov. "I wish there were", he said.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing to deliver his first State of the State address a day after declaring he wouldn't participate in the Trump administration's "political theater" over border security.

The Governor's office later clarified that Newsom was still fully committed to building a high-speed rail connection between San Francisco and Los Angeles, despite there not now being a path to do so.

Newsom said he would make sure the contractors who are responsible for building the project are held accountable, especially on the cost front.

In 2008, voters gave the state permission to issue $10 billion dollars in bonds to finance the project, which was supposed to stretch from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

"Importantly, [the governor] also reaffirmed our commitment to complete the environmental work statewide, to meet our "bookend" investments in the Bay Area and Los Angeles and to pursue additional federal and private funding for future project expansion", California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly said in a statement. "And by the way, I am not interested in sending $3.5 billion in federal funding that was allocated to this project back to Donald Trump".

A state audit issued in November said California's High-Speed Rail Authority's "flawed decision making and poor contract management have contributed to billions in cost overruns and delays".

He said Monday he'll withdraw most of California's 360 National Guard troops on the Mexico border in a rebuke to Trump.

'Last week, we heard (Trump) stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values, ' he said.

"Brown had agreed to deploy troops a year ago at the Trump administration's request, although he said they couldn't participate in immigration enforcement".

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced he would not participate in the manufactured border crisis and, therefore, pull more than two-thirds of California's National Guard Troops.

Newsom says the state won't waver on its ambitious clean energy goals, but must also address the pressure that climate change is putting on utilities.



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