Political and Economics of the California Bullet Train Project

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Political and Economics of the California Bullet Train Project

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Political and Economics of the California Bullet Train

With California being the largest state in our union and holding the biggest population of people in the country, it would be only wise to build fast and reliable means of public transportation between it rather large cities. With the political forces in place in our country, the policymakers control the outcome of most of the public transportation in America. The California bullet train is one of the projects that have gained much attention by the political powers of our great country. In an article in the Los Angeles Times, U.S stands by California
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Vartabedian also states that Van Ark was called in front of the Legislature more than 15 times last year alone. Sen. Alan Lowenthal a Democrat from Long Beach stated, "I think he took over a totally dysfunctional organization," The distrust by the Legislature was already there. He was always in a defensive posture, defending against this attack or that attack. I think it just wore him out. His skills did not match the situation that evolved” (Vartabedian, Los Angels Times, 2011). The success or failure of the project all depends on getting a total of $105 billion in funding for this project to be completed, stated by the California state auditor. The problem is, where if the funding going to come from. Gov. Jerry Brown is still pushing on to start the Central Valley construction at the end of 2012, not know where the extra money will come from he is forging ahead. Gov. Brown argues, “That the bullet train represents a bold vision of progress for the state and will create jobs, accommodate future growth and help the environment” (Weikel, 2012). Backers note that voters approved the project and billions in state funding in 2008. Critics, however, note that recent polls show that voters way of thinking in the state has shifted away from support for the project. So the question is what the real state of the California bullet train? I surely hope our Commander and Chief sit down with
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