The Wall Street Journal reports:
The Trump administration said Tuesday it would cancel almost $1 billion in funding for the California high-speed rail network, casting doubt on whether the state will be able to complete even the first phase of the troubled project.
In a letter to state officials, Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory said the administration is planning to revoke its grant agreement with the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and halt $928.6 million in future grant payments it was expected to make to fund the project through 2022.
The FRA is also considering a legal effort to recover $2.5 billion in federal funds already spent on the project, which was originally set to link Los Angeles and San Francisco.
UPDATE: Gov. Gavin Newsom claims ‘retribution’ after Trump administration claws back high-speed rail funds https://t.co/aMoirrdEj3
— The Sacramento Bee (@sacbee_news) February 20, 2019
JUST IN, Governor Gavin Newsom in a statement citing this tweet says: “This is clear political retribution by President Trump, and we won’t sit idly by. This is California’s money, and we are going to fight for it.” https://t.co/GFLJXG7veQ
— Ashley Zavala (@ZavalaA) February 20, 2019