eolesen wrote: ↑Wed May 11, 2022 6:00 pmThe legislators of the State of California do not have the authority to shut down this project or really to withhold funding for it, as the Constitution of the State of California mandates its construction. Note also that when projects like this get delayed, the delay itself can ballon the cost of the project, and this one has been fought tooth and nail from the get go despite its legal imperative.lensovet wrote: ↑Wed May 11, 2022 11:14 am And since when does the legislature have the authority to withhold this money? Apparently their latest request is to scrap electrification and use battery powered trains. What?Are you seriously questioning their authority?
Civics 101 teaches you that the Legislature has the power of the purse, and halting or reining in an out of control project from spending money is one of those pesky checks and balances that exist for good cause.
Y'all howled when the previous Administration tried to shut off the spigot of Feddybucks, but that was done for the same exact reasons: this project has violated just about every commitment, covenant, deadline, and budgetary estimate made when it was first approved. They're in breach of contract. A responsible group of politicians would have shut this down four years ago.