Newsom also is replacing Brown's head of the board that oversee the project and is pledging to hold the project's contractors more accountable for cost overruns. "They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars".
"For him to come in and say we're going to roll this project back".
"Fake news", Newsom wrote on Twitter. Less than an hour had passed when he posted a statement saying that the money belongs to the state and has been allocated by Congress for the still ongoing project.
"As we've said previously, we support strong and effective privacy legislation in the USA that gives people the right to control their information and holds companies to high standards in explaining what data they have and how they use it", a spokesman said in an email.
Voters approved a ballot initiative in 2008 that set aside a $10 billion bond to begin the project of building a high-speed rail line from Los Angeles to San Francisco with the promise that more funding would come through from the feds or from private sources, that the train would not require subsidies to operate, and that it would help fight climate change.
"The project, as now planned, would cost too much and take too long", Newsom told lawmakers in Sacramento, the state capital.
"I don't know what the right adjective is without coming off as hyperbolic; the whole thing is ridiculous", Newsom said.
Responding to the announcement, California High-Speed Rail Authority CEO Brian Kelly said 'the Governor has called for setting a priority on getting high speed rail operating in the only region in which we have commenced construction: the Central Valley.
Gavin Newsom (L) is sworn in as governor of California by California Chief Justice Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye (R) as Newsom's wife, Jennifer Siebel Newsom (C), watches on January 7, 2019 in Sacramento, California.
"Because last week, we heard another president stand up at the State of the Union and offer a vision of an America fundamentally at odds with California values".
"Newsom wants to spend tens of billions on a rail line between Merced and Bakersfield - a complete waste", DeMaio said.
Former California state Assemblyman Chuck Devore appeared on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Wednesday to discuss the fate of the high-speed rail project. But Brown stressed the agreement was to "support efforts to go after criminal gangs, human traffickers and drug smugglers" and "would not be used to enforce federal immigration policies", The New York Times reported. "I think the federal government should ask for that money back and use it to build the wall".
The embattled $77-billion bullet train has been an embarrassment for the Golden State and has been plagued by problems nearly from the start.
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