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The 'road rage' bill now goes to governor

Drivers in Florida rejoice! It may have taken a few years of trying, but the state legislature has passed a bill that would make it illegal for motorists to drive too slowly in passing lanes.

Amid congressional budget cuts and gubernatorial backlash, President Obama's goal to give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail by 2035 is at risk of, ahem, never leaving the station. That was the topic of discussion on this morning's edition of The Takeaway, a nationally syndicated public radio news show. Joining hosts John Hockenberry and Celeste Headlee was Andrea Bernstein, director of Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project.

Last week newly-elected Florida Governor Rick Scott turned down $2.4 billion in Federal money for a high speed rail project despite knowledge of a newly revealed Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) study that forecast the venture would net a $10 million surplus in its very first year of operation. He did so saying that the Sunshine State couldn't afford to build the HSR project despite assurances from a coalition of municipalities and other officials, including Transportation Secretary R

In a move that has many shaking their heads in disbelief, Florida's newly elected Governor Rick Scott is refusing to accept $2.4 billion in federal stimulus money in an attempt to kill a long-desired high speed rail project that the funds were meant to kick start. Florida Senator Bill Nelson is not ready to give up on a project that has already seen several hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in preparations and is in talks with Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood to find a way to k