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Senate Dems Try to Derail Sunrail

April 6th, 2009 by flanews

Senate Democrats are attempting to derail plans to build a 61 mile commuter rail in Central Florida.

Sunrail would cost the state 641 million dollars. Democrats say the money would be better spent on shovel ready road projects. Senate Minority Leader Al Lawson says spending money on the Sunrail wouldnt help lift the state out of the economic downturn.

I think its very bad when we have one of the worse down turn in the economy since the Great Depression, and for us to be putting 641 million in the railroad that is not going to operate cost effective anyway, is going to be maybe 20 years and it don’t even break even,” said Lawson.

Opponents of Sunrail argue that building the rail and maintaining the track would create jobs.

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