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Scott’s lawyer admits he gave Fla. Supreme Court wrong info in high-speed rail argument

Scott’s lawyer admits he gave Fla. Supreme Court wrong info in high-speed rail argument.

— Gov. Rick Scott’s legal counsel Thursday told the Florida Supreme Court that he made an inaccurate representation on the amount of money already spent on the state’s high-speed rail project — a key detail that may have helped cinch the governor’s victory in a constitutional tug-of-war.

In a two-page letter to Chief Justice Charles Canady, Scott’s general counsel, Charles Trippe, acknowledged he misrepresented a central fact in arguments last month supporting the governor’s rejection of $2.4 billion in federal funds for the project linking Tampa with Orlando.

Sen. Thad Altman, R-Viera, one of two senators who sued Scott saying he had exceeded his constitutional authority in killing the project, said Thursday evening that Trippe’s letter is a “huge admission.”

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, United States High Speed Rail

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  1. King Scott ought to be dethroned over this issue — but wait, Florida does not have a recall process in place, so he is on the throne no matter what.
    As I have said before, he made the correct decision to dump HSR, but I will always question whether he had the authority to do it. Florida (or your state) is not a corporation and these “businessmen” governors had better learn that real fast.

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