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  •  I am less certain than you that this is unlikely: (0+ / 0-)
    It seems unlikely that the federal government would be permitted to divert the funds to projects in other states while being prohibited from providing funding for the Florida project through entities other than the State of Florida.

    (And I should say first that I saw this diary way too late and have to leave soon, but I wanted to post this before doing so.  I'll be back.)

    It seems entirely plausible to me (though I haven't had time to read it) that the law could allow diversion of money to states and only to states.  Yes -- a regional transportation agency may make sense -- but how is that fundamentally different from allowing the Obama Administration to redirect the highway construction money to Planned Parenthood, for them to build the high-speed rail?  More plausibly: Could they redirect the money to the Disney Corporation (which might have a great deal to gain from doing this right) -- or to Halliburton?

    I don't see why it would be a priori unlikely that this funding could have been intended for, and available to, states and only states.

    As for what happened: looks to me that the Florida DOT had a contract with the federal government and the state's Chief Executive broke it.  Pay the money back.  Send it to Southern California -- we have palm trees here too, so they money won't know the difference.

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    by Seneca Doane on Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 05:41:53 PM PST

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