Signature gathering can begin on initiative to repeal high-speed rail project 

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An initiative to repeal the state’s high-speed rail project could go before voters this November.

The California Secretary of State gave the green-light Monday for signature gathering to begin on a voter referendum that would eliminate the $98 billion project to connect passengers from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

Submitted by Peter Seidel of Beverly Hills, the “No Train Please Act,” would need 807,615 signatures to qualify for the state ballot in November. The signatures must be submitted by June 21.

A simple, two-sentence initiative, the act would eliminate the California High Speed Rail Authority, and prohibit any state funding for the project.

The state’s Legislative Analyst’s Office reviewed the petition earlier this month and determined that, if passed, it would save $650 million annually in state bond money for California. The project would lose $3.3 billion in federal funds, which would “reduce somewhat the level of economic activity in the state over the next several years,” according to the state analyst.

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