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GOP-controlled House might hinder Villaraigosa's transit funding request

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.a/6a00d8341c630a53ef0115704f2a85970b-800wi

After Tuesday's election, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa could have a tougher time securing federal aid for his plan to accelerate a dozen local transit projects, including the much-heralded Westside subway extension. That's because the Republican majority sweeping into the House has pledged to rein in government spending.

Although Villaraigosa has enjoyed the support of many fellow Democrats in Washington for his so-called 30/10 plan -- which would allow Metropolitan Transportation Authority to build 12 transit projects in 10 years rather than the projected 30 -- a number of California's congressional Republicans have been wary, at best, of sending Los Angeles more federal funding when the federal budget is covered in red ink.

"With this year's deficit at $1.3 trillion, and next year's projected to be a trillion dollars or more, it's going to be extremely difficult to convince Congress to increase spending for anything," said Jim Specht, deputy chief of staff to Rep. Jerry Lewis (R-Redlands), who could return as chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

Rep. John Campbell (R-Irvine) said he is open to hearing Los Angeles officials make their case, but added: "We have got to reduce a lot of spending. ... The people just voted, we believe, get this deficit and this debt under control.''

Villaraigosa has acknowledged that "we've got our work cut out for us" if congressional sentiments shift.

The mayor hopes he can convince lawmakers that his plan would not only benefit taxpayers but also serve as a template for creating transit options and generating jobs in other places, perhaps even in their own districts.

Read the full story on the GOP and Villaraigosa's transit funding here.

-- Richard Simon and Dan Weikel

Photo: The Gold Line. Credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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They are the party of NO after all are they not?

That is just the start.

There also will be no Stimulus II package available to avoid government layoffs...and wait til the Federal Tax credits disappear for EV cars.

And no bailout for the pensions either. The Gravy Train has left the station. Better start planning for that expected deficit Mr. Mayor.

I believe the Fed's guaranteed some of the state debt. The Feds will save whatever money they have for the guarantee for the state bankruptcy, don't look for anymore Fed cash, cut spending.

I doubt the GOP controlled house will be in any mood to bail-out mis-managed California. Time to live within our means.

Finally some hope. When you're broke you don't spend money you don't have. This is why the City, County, State and Country are in such shambles. Enough of Democrats borrowing and spending. The American people are tired of Obamanomics. Time to live within our means.

NO MORE FREE RIDES AND FREE SEATING MR MAYOR.

ONE OF THE WORST THE CITIES EVER HAD.

One more reason for California to succeed from this terrible Mess call the USA!
We are one of the few states to contribute more than we get back from this union thing!
I say we go our own way and let the rest of them deal on there own they dont deserve our help its like having an albatross around our neck California can be one of the most successful countries in the world if we didn't have to drag around the big fat red states!

I'm an unapologetic Republican. Of all things we could invest in through stimulus, expanding the Metro rail line is the one thing under "Infrastructure" that we should consider. We need a solid rail line to combat the worsening traffic issues and we need to expand it into Orange County and have a unified transit rail system. That would be better than O's plan of repaving Torrance Blvd for the third time in three years.


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