Sacramento– Today, Assemblyman Curt Hagman’s (R-Chino Hills) attempt to place the Democratically led boondoggle, the California High Speed Rail Project, back before the voters was squashed by the majority party.
Californians are constantly being told by Governor Brown and the Democrat majority that the only way to save public education is through high taxes. Assemblyman Hagman and Assembly Republicans have demonstrated that this is not the case and laid out a balanced budget plan which fully funded education. Instead the governor and majority party uses the fear of draconian cuts to public education in hopes of getting voters to pass higher taxes so they can fund their pet projects. It is ironic that the Democrats and Governor Brown are strong proponents of anti-bullying measures, yet at the same time try to bully California voters into accepting unneeded higher taxes.
At the same time that the Democrats are holding our children’s futures, teachers, and entire public education system hostage, they want to go forward with the costly California High Speed Rail Project. In addition to the billions of dollars it would take to construct the system, it is projected that high speed rail would cost Californians between $330 million and $5 billion annually out of the general fund. This money should be used to fund our deteriorating public education system instead of being directed toward a boondoggle.
Assemblyman Hagman and Assembly Republicans have stood up against this plan by introducing amendments today which would send the California High Speed Rail Project back to the voters for re-approval. High speed rail was sold to the voters as an efficient and timely solution to the state’s transportation and economic needs. In reality, the project has become nothing more than a fiscal nightmare, which comes at the expense of our children and education system.
“We need to represent our constituents, not the High Speed Rail bureaucracy, not Governor Brown, and not President Obama’s political needs for this project.” said Assemblyman Hagman, “Californian have spoken and it is time that the Democrats pay attention to their message: put high speed rail back to the voters!”