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State Assembly Approves Funding for High-Speed Rail

$4.5 billion in state bond funding earmarked for plan.

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    California High Speed Rail Authority
    The state Assembly approved some funding for the high-speed rail project.

    The California Assembly has approved legislation authorizing about $4.5 billion in state bond funding for a high-speed rail system backed by Gov. Jerry Brown.      

    Lawmakers approved SB1029 on a 51-27 vote Thursday afternoon, with Republicans opposing it.      The bill would pave the way for California to begin selling $2.6 billion in voter-approved bonds. It allocates another $1.9 billion for regional rail improvements.      

    If the Senate also approves the same legislation Friday, California could tap $3.2 billion in federal grants to start construction of the first segment in the Central Valley.      
    Democrats say a bullet train would put California on the cutting edge and bring relief to its strained transportation network.

    Republicans called it a boondoggle that will further hurt the state's faltering economy.