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Governor Scott Discusses Sunrail, and Becoming a ‘Grandpa’

by Javier Manjarres

The controversial Sunrail program is back on track after Florida Governor Rick Scott signed off on the program only after the all the necessary requirements by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) were met.

Scott states that the rail program will be funded by “local money”  in contrast to High Speed Rail, which was to be funded with federal money.  Scott also says that the project that is being funded by the local communities, in which the rail service will affect, and has garnered the support of past Governors Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush.

Governor Scott goes on to say that his job is to keep the people responsible for this program fully accountable.

On an entirely different note, Governor Scott was more than happy to  comment about  becoming a Grandfather for the very first time. Congratulations Governor Scott, I am looking forward to hearing your grandkids call  you ‘Grandpa’. Oh did I mention that his daughter is expecting a boy?

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • PatriotGal

    Never should have signed off on Sunrail project – will eventually lead to the taxpayers having to foot the bill of the UNUSED system – any “group” supposedly funding it will drag their feet forever when it doesn’t make money. Then We the People will once again be skewered!

  • Dan Calabria

    This is Scott’s first betrayal of principle.
    The truth is that the state of Florida and all of its residents will be on the hook for subsidizing this boondoggle. Why?
    Where in the package does it expressly state that the locales and residents within the service area have fully undertaken ALL financial responsibility for this train to nowhere?
    Until we see that Scott has betrayed those of us who supported and voted for him not once, but twice.

  • g speed

    Well its starting– we’re back in the grove– giving the intrenched bureaucrats in Tallahassee the keys to the kingdom. Probable the most waistefull, useless and selfserving department in the Florida govt is the FDOT. The FDOT backdoors every little thing the Fed DOT pushes down the pike. With a Florida guy like J Mica at the Fed DOT helm you can bet the SunShine going to cost the citizens of Florida a huge amount of their dwindling wealth.

    If Scott wants to do “good” he can start by cleaning up the FDOT– look at the books Scott!!–(As an example of what to look for) the FDOT hired a herd of investigators to look at the Driver Logs of over the road truckers to try to find violations of the Apportioned Tag Fuel Tax–the FDOT spent millions on state employees with a 1% return on money spent. But boy did the FDOT grow– and I can see it GROWING again-(like the blob at the drive in movies)

    Thanks for nothing Scott. With Mc C we only might have had to deal with King Sugar– now with you it’s a bigger better bureaucracy.

    Try to remember Scott– this is not your company you’re growing–” its the govt stupid”. You should be shrinking it. You got your hat on backwards.

  • Steve

    If this were a money making proposition, businesses would be more than happy to fund it themselves. Taxpayers should not be saddled with having to pay for a drain like this…

  • Randald Bartlett

    Governor Scott you took the wrong turn on SUN rail. I feel you no longer care about the people of the grate State of Florida but looking after your Gop life. Who gives a dam about Jeb Bush, and what he thinks or for that mater what he wanted. You my Governor is in the driver seat. I am the one who has built rail roads for 20 years and see no sence in this move. If this is your way of a payback to the big Corp, Well let them vote for you I can not..

  • JBH

    Governor Scott did the right thing keeping government out of the high-speed rail project. Although it will now be funded by ‘local money’, I did not see any guarantees there will be no taxpayers money from state coffers used to prop it up when it fails to meet expenses. If anyone thinks this thing will break even without some kind of taxpayer assistance I think they are dreaming.

  • George Blumel

    There is no rail transit system that makes money -anywhere. Sure, there are places where the losses are relatively minor and have other compensating qualities mostly in highly populated areas. New York City is an example of a place that should be able to have a train system that pays for itself and if it was run by a private enterprise probably would. The politicians and their union supporters kill that idea. As for the systems as Sun Rail and Tri Rail, there is little hope of them ever being self-sustaining –these are true boondoggles that benefit special interests and certain politicians. That Governor Scott gave in to those forces is his first black mark in my book –however, I do not think he should be condemned for this one act when you consider his overall effectiveness on the job so far. He is in the hotseat making difficult decisions with all kinds of pressures from friends and foes alike. He needs the support of conservatives and libertarians now more than ever when he applies a business discipline on the bureaucracy and also to keep from straying again.

  • Bob Freeman

    Orlando has restored it’s Fountain in Lake Eola, and by 2015 will have SunRail.
    Now Orlando has to work on the City becoming business friendly. Nothing like putting the cart before the horse

  • elizabeth

    Why the positive post on Governor Scott’s decision to endorse the Sunrail?
    I have enjoyed reading the political positions taken on this site, so am a bit distraught at this turn.

  • Mark

    Rick Scott is killing the Republican Party with his decisions, especially regarding Sunrail. Why didn’t any of the counties allow the taxpayers to vote on the issue? because they’re all in it for the rewards, in my opinion. Bad hair day John Micah pushed for this as well and I believe it wasn’t simply because he likes trains. There were companies who wanted to construct ways of transportation, including monorail with NO PUBLIC FUNDING and the guy in Tallahassee didn’t even listen. Local County Commissions are gutless in not allowing the taxpayers to decide on the issue. Instead, they cower, like Scott, behind whichever screen is available. Sure, the local property owners directlt affected by the decision will certainly see financial rewards, however, there are NO support systems in place once the train arrives.
    Here in Osceola County, only a very small percentage of citizens will be even close to the area where the train is alleged to be going. Most taxpayers will continue to drive and get to where they’re going quicker than the train. And yes, not one of our county commissioners had the backbone to allow the citizens to vote on this money losing project. Why? Because none will be in office when the project is complete. The taxpayers are tired of empty promises from politicians whose only interest seems to be lining their own, and their friend’s pockets with coins as a result of their bought and to be paid for vote. IF this was such a great project, why did the State WARN the counties there would be NO SUPPORT after the first 7 years? Why didn’t the counties allow citizens to decide on the project instead of just the commissioners who have little, to no knowledge about their citizens’ finances. We’re tired and broke and there’s no help in sight!

  • Andy Rariden

    What absolute sell out and a shame. As a Tea Partier I voted for Scott in both the primary and the general and worked the polls election day as part of your staff. Enjoy the balance of your term bc there will not be a second.

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