California high speed rail plan scaled back

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Newsom devoted the opening portion of his first "State of the State" address Tuesday to attacking Trump and his policies on the border.

In addition to immigration, the governor criticized the White House on health care as "laser-focused - has been for years - on destroying the Affordable Care Act", blaming the end of the individual mandate to purchase insurance coverage for a sharp increase in premiums on California's state-run health care exchange. "We want that money back now".

"Last week, we heard (Trump) stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values", the excerpts read.

But the only time the governor mentioned Trump's name was to praise him.

The original goal of connecting San Francisco with Los Angeles "would cost too much and take too long", Newsom said.

"This is a bipartisan issue - at least it should be - and I hope he follows through, and takes the lead of California in the process", he said.

The governor added that while the bullet train would no longer connect San Francisco and Los Angeles, as first envisioned, the state would still continue "phase one" of the project between the rural towns of Bakersfield and Merced. The project's estimated cost is now more than $77 billion, more than double the initial estimate, and has been delayed time and again. The project's price tag at one point hit $99 billion.

"I know that some critics will say this is a 'train to nowhere, ' but that's wrong and offensive. But let's just get something done".

Facebook had no comment on Newsom's proposal, but told Barron's it remains open to privacy legislation.

He said during his State of the State speech that he's refocusing on finishing a segment of rail in the Central Valley that's already under construction.

But other Republicans scorned the governor for trying to have it both ways. In a few years, riders will board ACE commuter trains in Merced and head north through Turlock and Modesto toward the Altamont Pass. Jeff Stone said in a statement.

Gary Reyes/TNS/NewscomCalifornia's wasteful, expensive, and likely doomed-to-fail statewide bullet train project is getting killed.

California was one of the first US states to champion a government-owned high-speed rail system like those that are ubiquitous in parts of Europe and Asia.

On her Senate website, Galgiani posted thoughts Tuesday, including: "Let's be clear once and for all: high-speed rail is coming, it's being built, it's part of our landscape now, it's not going anywhere, it's part of California's Central Valley and now we can, with great confidence, begin planning around this very important transportation project". "Jerry Brown and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, "...there simply isn't a path to get from Sacramento to San Diego, let alone from San Francisco to L.A.

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