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Gallagher Announces Bullet Train Petition Website in Response to Citizen Interest

3/5/2004

CONTACT: Tami Torres
(850) 413-2842

TALLAHASSEE-In response to inquiries from interested citizens, Florida's Chief Financial Officer Tom Gallagher today announced that the Derail the Bullet Train (DEBT) committee has launched a website - www.debtpetition.com - where citizens can download a form to support repeal of a constitutional amendment passed in 2000 to create a high-speed rail in Florida.

Gallagher announced yesterday that he supports a joint legislative resolution to place a constitutional amendment on the 2004 ballot to repeal the high-speed rail. Absent any action by the Legislature, Gallagher will promote a citizen petition drive statewide to collect enough signatures to get an amendment repealing the rail on the November ballot.

Gallagher also announced yesterday that he would serve as chairman of Derail the Bullet Train (DEBT), a committee formed to help educate Floridians on the costs and potential impacts of the high-speed rail project and spearhead a citizen petition drive to repeal the amendment.

"As CFO, I have a constitutional responsibility to evaluate the financial soundness and accountability of state projects, including a high-speed rail," said Gallagher. "After evaluating recent reports and the potential impact on the state's treasury, I believe implementing a project of this magnitude will come at a great cost to Florida taxpayers and negatively impact the current and ongoing transportation needs of our state."