Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday rejected a federal offer of $2.4 billion for high-speed rail projects, a move that could conceivably create another opening for California.
In a statement, quickly picked up on by the Miami Herald's Leslie Clark, Scott said he didn't think the proposed Tampa-to-Orlando line made economic sense.
"Capital cost overruns on the project could put Florida on the hook for an additional $3 billion," Scott said.
Some Florida lawmakers, though, pinpointed their own fears that California might pick up the dropped offerings.
"Governor Scott's decision demonstrates a devastating lack of vision for Florida and a lack of understanding of our economic situation," Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Fla. said. "He should immediately reconsider his decision in order to save these jobs and not send the investment dollars to California and other states.