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California renegs on deal

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California received $1bn in federal aid for the bullet train they agreed to build over a decade ago but have yet to build

Quick rundown:
>2008: california voters agree to fund a bullet train in the state
>voters approve a $40 billion project
>Federal Railroad Administration gives $1 billion to the project on the terms that the portion between Merced and Bakersfield is complete by 2020
after 11 years of corrupt politicians giving contracts to their buddies:
>cost has ballooned to ~$200 billion
>First phase is expected to cost ~$70bn and wont be completed until 2030 (or more likely never)
>California is not meeting its 2020 deadline to build the central valley portion
>Federal Railroad Administration is demanding the $1bn back as California did not meet its deadline and is not expected too
>Democrats blame Trump

As per the article:
The Federal Railroad Administration announced last week it would not give California the money awarded by Congress nearly a decade ago, arguing that the state has not made enough progress on the project.

The state must complete construction on a segment of track in the Central Valley agricultural heartland by 2022 to keep the money, and the administration has argued the state cannot meet that deadline. That line of track would be the first built on what the state hopes will eventually become a 520-mile line between San Francisco and Los Angeles.

But Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom says the move is retribution for California's criticism of President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"The decision was precipitated by President Trump's overt hostility to California, its challenge to his border wall initiatives, and what he called the "green disaster" high-speed rail project," the state said in the lawsuit.