Kevin McCarthy

Congressman Kevin McCarthy

Melanie Mason
June 13, 2014

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the leading contender to be the next House majority leader, slammed Gov. Jerry Brown and state lawmakers Friday for striking a budget deal that includes hundreds of millions of dollars for the controversial high-speed rail project.

McCarthy, a Republican from Bakersfield, said the budget accord, which was announced Friday afternoon, “shows just how unserious the Democrats are in controlling spending and improving our state’s business climate.”

He aimed most of his ire at the bullet train project, which would receive $250 million in the next fiscal year and in subsequent years. The funds are 25% of revenues from the state’s cap-and-trade program, which collects fees on polluters.

“Time and again, the high-speed rail boondoggle has proven to be an unfeasible project that will put undue and damaging pressure on our state budget, ultimately hurting taxpayers,” McCarthy said in a statement.

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