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High-speed rail measure off track in Capitol

PALMDALE – Prospects for getting ballot language changed that would aim a high-speed commuting train through the Antelope Valley are in jeopardy of going off the rails in Sacramento, with two area legislators saying the project is ill-timed for the November election and that the project planning is flawed and incomplete. Republican state Sens. Roy Ashburn of Bakersfield and George Runner of Lancaster said this week they believe taxpayers wouldn’t get their money’s worth in the event of passage of a $9.5 billion bond measure, Measure 1, slated for the ballot in November. The lawmakers noted a rising reluctance by voters to approve more bond measures while the state remains mired in a multi-billion-dollar deficit. Meanwhile, the Legislature remained at impasse on getting a budget approved. For the full story visit www.avpress.com/n/31/0731_s2.hts

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