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State voters sour on high-speed rail

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SACRAMENTO -- Public support continues to lag for California’s $68-billion bullet train, a centerpiece of Gov. Jerry Brown’s long-term vision for the state.

Though California voters approved nearly $10 billion in state bonds to pay for the first phase of the project, a new survey from the Public Policy Institute of California found that they remain divided over the proposal, which is scheduled to begin construction later this year.

Just 43%of likely voters surveyed now say they favor the project, while 54% said they are opposed.

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Despite waning public support and threats from Republicans in Congress to cut future funding for the plan, Brown continues to champion the project. Earlier this week, the state’s high-speed rail authority authorized the sale of $8.6 billion in bonds that will help fund the first segment of the railway, linking the Central Valley cities of Madera and Bakersfield.

You can see the entire poll here.

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