Source: Haridopolos, Atwater Will Announce Opposition to SunRail


Reportedly reversing their earlier positions, Senate President Mike Haridopolos and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater are said to be preparing to come out against the SunRail commuter train.

A source close to the situation tells Sunshine State News that both Haridipolos and Atwater were preparing statements Thursday afternoon.

As senators, both men supported the SunRail project. But amid rising pressure from conservative tea party groups and growing concern over costs, Haridopolos, who is running for U.S. Senate, and Atwater, the former state Senate president, reportedly have changed their minds.

Neither Haridopolos nor Atwater was immediately available to confirm the report.

Gov. Rick Scott has said he will issue his decision on SunRail by July 2.

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DWSTweets
5:19PM JUN 24TH 2011
Thank god Adam Hasner has led the way in flip-flopping on this issue

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/content/adam-has...
Halt_the_Corruption
9:41PM JUN 23RD 2011
Atwater called the December 2009 special session JUST to pass the rail legislation that forever indemnifies CSX from accident liability on shared commuter/freight rail corridors (the only aspect of the Sunrail deal that required legislative action), after the legislation was defeated in regular session twice. The 3rd time, they tied it to High Speed Rail money, lamenting that FL wouldn't be eligible for Fed HSR $$ without passing the bill. The first time the bill was defeated, trial attys squawked about giving CSX sovereign immunity (cap on lawsuits). The second time the bill was defeated, the Republican bill sponsor appeased the trial attys by taking sovereign immunity off the table. During the special session, 15 minutes before the vote, Atwater was going to lose again b/c there were enough votes to kill the bill. He screamed at FDOT Secretary Kopolousos to make a deal with the rail unions (no lost jobs) to peel off the opposing SoFla Dem votes, and then after the vote went his way, he reneged on the deal with the unions (swapping private sector paid jobs for state paid jobs on the rail corridor). Atwater, Haridopolos, Thrasher, and Cannon - the 4 Horsemen of Sunrail, (with Mica as the Dark Lord of Sunrail, facilitating the deal from DC by exempting the project from certain Fed grant requirements) OWN this deal that will soak FL taxpayers for $2.66 BILLION (FDOT's numbers) over 30 years of corridor acquisition, construction, operations and maintenance, for a rail system with ridership projections at full build out of about 15,000 trips/day. Cost overruns? Taxpayers will own that. At first phase completion, ridership is about 3800 trips/day.
In 2008, SoFla's TriRail had operating revenue of $9 million and operating cost of $89 million - an $80 million shortfall. TriRail and SunRail have no dedicated funding source, and the one their local govts want is a rental car surcharge - a TAX. Enterprise Car Rental execs say that 80% of their business in FL is to residents, not tourists. Buddy Dyer has already said in print that Orlando will have to RAISE TAXES to pay for its share of Sunrail. And somehow, Orange County found $18 Million this year for a commuter rail spur from Eustis to Apopka on tracks owned by... you guessed it... CSX. Thank OC Commissioner Fred Brummer for that taxpayer largesse. I'll bet the Lake County TEA patriots who rallied for Scott in Eustis a few months ago had NO idea about that deal. Lake County is chipping in $1 Million there.
Atwater and Haridopolos are the biggest hypocrites in Florida, telling the TEA Party patriots one thing and their corporate masters another. Gov. Scott will green light this deal because FL's biggest lobbying firm wants it (the one McCollum works for) and FL Hospital wants it (they will save/make millions not having to build parking garages where they can now build revenue generating office bldgs). Scott's general counsel is CSX's former general counsel (the guy who lied to the Supreme Court a couple of months ago in the suit over turning down the HSR money). CSX threw him some big fundraisers in the general election (after the candidate they paid for, McCollum, lost the primary).
Next, let's talk prison privatization, because Atwater's chief of staff, a former Wackenhut/GEO group honcho, and the Governor's budget chief (formerly California's budget chief and GEO group lobbyist) masterminded that deal.
Tell me again why are these taxpayer-pocket-pickers in office?
Halt_the_Corruption
9:24PM JUN 23RD 2011
Atwater called the December 2009 special session JUST to pass the rail legislation that forever indemnifies CSX from accident liability on shared commuter/freight rail corridors (the only aspect of the Sunrail deal that required legislative action), after the legislation was defeated in regular session twice. The 3rd time, they tied it to High Speed Rail money, lamenting that FL wouldn't be eligible for Fed HSR $$ without passing the bill. The first time the bill was defeated, trial attys squawked about giving CSX sovereign immunity (cap on lawsuits). The second time the bill was defeated, the Republican bill sponsor appeased the trial attys by taking sovereign immunity off the table. During the special session, 15 minutes before the vote, Atwater was going to lose again b/c there were enough votes to kill the bill. He screamed at FDOT Secretary Kopolousos to make a deal with the rail unions (no lost jobs) to peel off the opposing SoFla Dem votes, and then after the vote went his way, he reneged on the deal with the unions (swapping private sector paid jobs for state paid jobs on the rail corridor). Atwater, Haridopolos, Thrasher, and Cannon - the 4 Horsemen of Sunrail, (with Mica as the Dark Lord of Sunrail, facilitating the deal from DC by exempting the project from certain Fed grant requirements) OWN this deal that will soak FL taxpayers for $2.66 BILLION (FDOT's numbers) over 30 years of corridor acquisition, construction, operations and maintenance, for a rail system with ridership projections at full build out of about 15,000 trips/day. Cost overruns? Taxpayers will own that. At first phase completion, ridership is about 3800 trips/day.

In 2008, SoFla's TriRail had operating revenue of $9 million and operating cost of $89 million - an $80 million shortfall. TriRail and SunRail have no dedicated funding source, and the one their local govts want is a rental car surcharge - a TAX. Enterprise Car Rental execs say that 80% of their business in FL is to residents, not tourists. Buddy Dyer has already said in print that Orlando will have to RAISE TAXES to pay for its share of Sunrail. And somehow, Orange County found $18 Million this year for a commuter rail spur from Eustis to Apopka on tracks owned by... you guessed it... CSX. Thank OC Commissioner Fred Brummer for that taxpayer largesse. I'll bet the Lake County TEA patriots who rallied for Scott in Eustis a few months ago had NO idea about that deal. Lake County is chipping in $1 Million there.

Atwater and Haridopolos are the biggest hypocrites in Florida, telling the TEA Party patriots one thing and their corporate masters another. Gov. Scott will green light this deal because FL's biggest lobbying firm wants it (the one McCollum works for) and FL Hospital wants it (they will save/make millions not having to build parking garages where they can now build revenue generating office bldgs). Scott's general counsel is CSX's former general counsel (the guy who lied to the Supreme Court a couple of months ago in the suit over turning down the HSR money). CSX threw him some big fundraisers in the general election (after the candidate they paid for, McCollum, lost the primary).

Next, let's talk prison privatization, because Atwater's chief of staff, a former Wackenhut/GEO group honcho, and the Governor's budget chief (formerly California's budget chief and GEO group lobbyist) masterminded that deal.

Tell me again why are these taxpayer-pocket-pickers in office?
Halt_the_Corruption
9:24PM JUN 23RD 2011
Atwater called the December 2009 special session JUST to pass the rail legislation that forever indemnifies CSX from accident liability on shared commuter/freight rail corridors (the only aspect of the Sunrail deal that required legislative action), after the legislation was defeated in regular session twice. The 3rd time, they tied it to High Speed Rail money, lamenting that FL wouldn't be eligible for Fed HSR $$ without passing the bill. The first time the bill was defeated, trial attys squawked about giving CSX sovereign immunity (cap on lawsuits). The second time the bill was defeated, the Republican bill sponsor appeased the trial attys by taking sovereign immunity off the table. During the special session, 15 minutes before the vote, Atwater was going to lose again b/c there were enough votes to kill the bill. He screamed at FDOT Secretary Kopolousos to make a deal with the rail unions (no lost jobs) to peel off the opposing SoFla Dem votes, and then after the vote went his way, he reneged on the deal with the unions (swapping private sector paid jobs for state paid jobs on the rail corridor). Atwater, Haridopolos, Thrasher, and Cannon - the 4 Horsemen of Sunrail, (with Mica as the Dark Lord of Sunrail, facilitating the deal from DC by exempting the project from certain Fed grant requirements) OWN this deal that will soak FL taxpayers for $2.66 BILLION (FDOT's numbers) over 30 years of corridor acquisition, construction, operations and maintenance, for a rail system with ridership projections at full build out of about 15,000 trips/day. Cost overruns? Taxpayers will own that. At first phase completion, ridership is about 3800 trips/day.

In 2008, SoFla's TriRail had operating revenue of $9 million and operating cost of $89 million - an $80 million shortfall. TriRail and SunRail have no dedicated funding source, and the one their local govts want is a rental car surcharge - a TAX. Enterprise Car Rental execs say that 80% of their business in FL is to residents, not tourists. Buddy Dyer has already said in print that Orlando will have to RAISE TAXES to pay for its share of Sunrail. And somehow, Orange County found $18 Million this year for a commuter rail spur from Eustis to Apopka on tracks owned by... you guessed it... CSX. Thank OC Commissioner Fred Brummer for that taxpayer largesse. I'll bet the Lake County TEA patriots who rallied for Scott in Eustis a few months ago had NO idea about that deal. Lake County is chipping in $1 Million there.

Atwater and Haridopolos are the biggest hypocrites in Florida, telling the TEA Party patriots one thing and their corporate masters another. Gov. Scott will green light this deal because FL's biggest lobbying firm wants it (the one McCollum works for) and FL Hospital wants it (they will save/make millions not having to build parking garages where they can now build revenue generating office bldgs). Scott's general counsel is CSX's former general counsel (the guy who lied to the Supreme Court a couple of months ago in the suit over turning down the HSR money). CSX threw him some big fundraisers in the general election (after the candidate they paid for, McCollum, lost the primary).

Next, let's talk prison privatization, because Atwater's chief of staff, a former Wackenhut/GEO group honcho, and the Governor's budget chief (formerly California's budget chief and GEO group lobbyist) masterminded that deal.

Tell me again why are these taxpayer-pocket-pickers in office?

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