Staff and Wire Reports
Posted: 07/06/2012 06:31:47 PM PDT

The Redlands Tea Party Patriots moved quickly in opposing the state Legislature’s support of a bullet train in California.

Thursday afternoon, the Assembly approved S.B. 1029, authorizing the state to begin selling about $4.5billion in state bonds for the nation’s first high-speed rail system, taking an initial step toward the ambitious $68billion project that Gov. Jerry Brown hopes will be a part of his legacy.

By midnight Thursday, John Berry, a spokesman for the Redlands Tea Party group, had posted on Facebook that petitions against the bullet train funding were en route.

On Friday, the state Senate approved the funding 21-16 on a party-line vote.

“That’ll just double our determination to get this issue on the ballot,” said Berry. “It’s the Golden State, but only if it’s somebody else’s gold. In this case, they’re foisting a mess of debt onto my son.”

The bill authorizes the state to begin selling $2.6billion in voter-approved bonds to build an initial 130-mile stretch in the Central Valley.

That would allow the state to collect about $3.2billion in federal funding that could have been rescinded if state lawmakers failed to act Friday.

The opposition group is calling the project a “$98 billion boondoggle.”

“Jerry Brown has never been honest about the cost of this train,” said Berry. “He’s more interested in his legacy than how much the state will have to digest.”

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