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"We've been sucked into this vortex of the absurd", Newsom told reporters Monday.

Gavin Newsom is preparing to deliver his first State of the State address a day after declaring he wouldn't participate in the Trump administration's "political theater" over border security.

"The project, as now planned, would cost too much and take too long", Newsom told lawmakers in Sacramento, the state capital.

The California High Speed Rail Authority had estimated the full line would have cost $77 billion to complete.

"For those who want to walk away from this whole endeavor, I offer you this: Abandoning high-speed rail entirely means we will have wasted billions of dollars with nothing but broken promises and lawsuits to show for it", Newsom said on Tuesday. "High-speed rail is much more than a train project".

- California's high-speed rail project is years behind schedule, over budget and some think the plan is slipping off the rails.

Now it looks like he's scaling even that back.

Hill said delays in purchasing the land, the need to buy more parcels than projected, and the increase in land prices account for about $725 million of the cost increase; construction delays, $325 million; intrusion barriers to separate bullet-train tracks from adjacent railroad lines, $450 million; increased costs with outside agencies, $600 million; and contingencies set aside for future increases, $600 million. Yet greens and their allies have already shown what comes of putting their ideas into practice-cutting water supplies to farmers, blocking new energy production, and leaving Route 99, the Valley's main thoroughfare, in such very bad shape that it has been named the country's most unsafe highway.

California Governor Gavin Newsom used his first State of the State address Tuesday to drop twin bombshells: He wants to dramatically downsize the $77 billion high-speed rail project and his predecessor's dream of a big pair of tunnels delivering water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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The governor also said he will continue to push for federal and private funding for the entire rail line.

Because news reports immediately focused on Newsom giving up the larger dream - bullet trains flying between the Capital, San Francisco and Southern California - Galgiani cornered him at a post-speech reception for dignitaries Tuesday afternoon in the governor's mansion.

The expensive project, which would connect San Francisco and Los Angeles in under three hours, has been stalled since construction started in 2015 under then-Gov. "The project, as now planned, would cost too much and take too long".

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The train was a prized project of former Governor Jerry Brown (D.). But California, which has embarked on its own Green New Deal of sorts, has seen these results: high energy and housing costs, and the nation's highest cost-adjusted poverty rate, and a society that increasingly resembles a feudal social order.

Perhaps the most critical national casualty may be the Green New Deal proposed by NY congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. It was a wholly unrealistic plan for any number of logistical reasons, as Joe Setyon explained last week.

And Newsom is no fiscal conservative.

"For him to come in and say we're going to roll this project back".

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