George Skelton: On bullet train, Senate delivers when it counts
In Thursday's column, George Skelton recaps how Democratic leaders were able to round up the needed votes. A lot was at stake -- if lawmakers voted down the spending, the federal government may have withdrawn much-needed money for the project. But some lawmakers were convinced the plan to begin construction in the Central Valley would be the death of an otherwise good idea.
Skelton shows how Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg and Gov. Jerry Brown called in favors, made promises and used a light touch to line up support. They succeeded in squeezing "yes" votes out of seven skeptical senators.
"Brown and the legislative leadership won a big victory. The system worked," Skelton writes. "In future years, we’ll all see whether it worked for just bullet boosters or all the people of California."
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Photo: An artist's rendering of a proposed bullet train station in San Jose. Credit: Bloomberg