High-Speed Rail

Capitol Alert
The latest on California politics and government
January 10, 2014

Assemblyman Jeff Gorell has filed paperwork to qualify a ballot measure that would put the brakes on California’s high-speed rail project.

The measure would prohibit the sale of voter-approved bonds for the project. Any unspent money from previously sold bonds would have to be used to pay off the debt.

“California cannot afford to pay for a high-speed train system that will cost most than $100 billion at a time when prisoners are being released from prisons and taxpayers are being asked to dig deeper into their own pockets to pay for basic services,” the proposed initiative reads.

Gorell, R-Camarillo, is running for Congress this year against freshman Rep. Julia Brownley, D-Oak Park, in the 26th Congressional District, one of the most competitive House seats in the state.

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