Sunday, January 31, 2010

State Sen. Dan Gelber Applauds President Obama's Announcement of Florida's High Speed Rail Grant

State Sen. Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach) offered the following response to President Obama’s announcement today that Florida is a recipient of the federal High Speed Rail grant:

“This is a huge twofer. We get an immediate boost to Florida's ailing economy while modernizing our antiquated state-wide transportation system. Moving forward with infrastructure projects like high speed rail will help rebuild our short and long term economy by putting thousands of Floridians back to work. It will also put us on track to begin modernizing our transportation system for the challenges of tomorrow.

“I was very proud to be a part of the bipartisan team that, working with Florida's labor community, helped make this moment a reality. As the President said last night, we must commit ourselves to never being anything other than the greatest nation in the world, which means right here in Florida, we have to continue to invest, to innovate and to create a workforce that can compete with anyone, anywhere. Today's announcement is an important first step on that journey.

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