Trump administration to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funding Trump administration to cancel $929 million in California high-speed rail funding By Ralph Vartabedian and Matthew Ormseth ~~ The fate of California’s high-speed rail project was cast into further doubt Tuesday when the federal government announced plans to cancel $929 million in grant funds, a move U.S. officials linked to violations of the grant agreement but some view as political payback. The action marks an escalation in the battle between President Trump and the state of California since Gov. Gavin Newsom said last week that the project lacked a path to complete a statewide system and vowed to scale back the $77-billion mega-project. The Transportation Department also said it was “actively exploring every legal option” to get back an additional $2.5-billion grant that is being used to finance the construction of 119 miles of rail line in the Central Valley. The two federal grants represent about one-fourth of all the funding for the project to date — money critical to completing the Central Valley portion and finishing environmental reviews for other segments between San Francisco and Los Angeles. If the funds are lost or tied up in a long legal battle, the state would probably have to either make up the money elsewhere or further curtail the project.... In the hours that followed Newsom’s speech, Trump demanded that California return $3.5 billion in federal funds, and headlines proclaimed the Democratic governor was abandoning the ambitious project championed by his predecessors — a story line that Newsom denied and one that his team has scrambled to correct.... Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno), a vocal critic of the project, said, “It doesn’t matter what the state says about not giving the money back,” he said. “The feds can, in fact, claw that money back.” ~~~~~~ Governor Newsom is an idiot. Of course its payback. Newsom has antagonized Trump with his blocking of the "Wall". And Newsom is incensed if President Trump went on a twitter rampage over the lawsuit claiming that the suit was political retribution for his winning the election in 2016. Isaac Newton addressed stuff like this hundreds of years ago: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It applies to things other than physics, too. The Moonbeam rail project was doomed from the very start, and everyone knows it; its a bone thrown to the construction unions for supporting the Dem party. Newsom was the Lieutenant Governor just before this, right? So he should have had some idea of what was going on with this mess. Further, he didn’t “inherit” the mess, he campaigned hard for the job. He worked really hard to jump with both feet in that pile of methane generating cow plop. His problem is how to keep the scam going to enrich the right friends. Kill the train from nowhere to nowhere. Put up a plaque designating it as a monument to Kalifornian Democrat corruption and stupidity. Use The money for his wall.