Vote expected on Brown's high-speed rail plan

SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Brown wants lawmakers to authorize $2.7 billion in voter-approved state bonds for the construction on the first 130-mile stretch of a bullet train from Madera to Bakersfield. He says the state needs to act fast in order to capture billions of dollars in additional federal support.

However, some lawmakers are still skeptical about spending billions first in the Central Valley. They'd rather have the money used to improve existing rail systems in the Bay Area and Los Angeles.

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