Michigan Unhappy with Las Vegas to LA High Speed Rail Project
Although there is no specific mention of the high speed train between the Los Angeles area and Las Vegas, Republicans are crying foul.
"Michigan is a state of about 10 million people, and we are the hardest hit, as I have said, by this economy," said Representative Candice Miller. "And yet we are expected to get approximately $7 billion from this bill, and apparently the Senate Majority leader has earmarked $8 billion for a rail system from Las Vegas to Los Angeles? You have got to be kidding. You have got to be kidding. As everyone knows Michigan is dependent on the auto industry, which is on its knees right now."
For Republicans who are connecting the imaginary dots, the problem comes with Nevada Senator Harry Reid, who happened to be a key player in penning the stimulus project and a backer of the high speed mag lev train that would take passengers between Anaheim and Vegas in an estimated 86 minutes at 300 mph. Reid and Democrats say there is no earmark for the project, but rather, the U.S. Department of Transportation will be the ultimate decider of where funds go.