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Schwarzenegger tells Obama administration: We'll take whatever money others don't want

November 16, 2010 |  5:43 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has made it clear: Any federal funds that other states don't want will be welcome in California.

Schwarzenegger articulated this in a letter Tuesday to President Obama's Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

"It is with a certain sense of astonishment that we note recent announcements from some of our gubernatorial colleagues that they are uninterested in federal contributions to their high-speed rail systems," Schwarzenegger wrote. "You are more than welcome to redirect that money to California -– where we know how to use it to generate hundreds of thousands of jobs and provide a clean, fast and low-cost way to travel."

Hey, it never hurts to ask, right?

-- Anthony York in Sacramento