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Statement By:
Barney Bishop III, President and CEO, Associated Industries of Florida

Regarding Gov. Rick Scott’s Decision to Reject the Tampa to Orlando High Speed Rail Project

February 16, 2011

“While Associated Industries of Florida has been a proponent of bringing High Speed Rail to Florida, and was hopeful we could do so with the backing of private-sector investment, we understand and respect Gov. Scott’s decision to reject the Tampa to Orlando project. Given these tough economic times and a past culture of deficit spending, we recognize that Florida and Floridians do not have an open checkbook and we as a state cannot afford to operate on credit. We look forward to working with Gov. Scott on growing Florida’s businesses and putting paychecks in the hands of our unemployed citizens.”