By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley) – Last night, Rep. Paul Cook (R – Apple Valley) voted to deny any funds for the California High Speed Rail project. This project, which was sold to California taxpayers as a $30 billion project, has tripled to over $90 billion due to deceitful cost projections, lawsuits, and regulatory delays.
Cook said, “With soaring budget deficits and decaying infrastructure, we have no business wasting taxpayer dollars on this boondoggle. This train is on a fast track to nowhere, and this vote will ensure that taxpayers aren’t forced to keep paying the fare.
“The high speed rail project would create an expensive under-used transit line with ticket prices most middle class folks can’t afford. If you’re going to invest taxpayer dollars in transportation, that money needs to go to our roadways and bridges first and foremost, which are inadequate and unsafe in many areas. It’s time to get real about transportation spending and build only what makes sense. This high speed rail makes no sense.”
A member of the House Veterans’ Affairs, Armed Services, and Foreign Affairs Committees, Cook served as an infantry officer and retired after 26 years as a Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his time in combat, he was awarded the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.