Yes, the people approved the proposition in favor of high-speed rail. They approved $8 billion, the rest of the cost to come from private investors. Yet in the approved 2014 budget, $250 million was approved by lawmakers to be put on the backs of anyone who is forced to buy gas or diesel fuel. Another 13 cents added to the 36-cent state road tax, plus federal taxes of 18.4 cents and then additional state and local sales taxes per gallon.
The last amount I heard was $88 billion to build high-speed rail, and we all know this will double before (or if) it is ever completed. The real cost will probably be around $176 billion for a train we will not be able to afford to ride.
Jerry Keeble, Escalon
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