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  • Sacred Conversations 2016

Holding High Speed Rail Accountable

Two local lawmakers are now backing legislation to create a commission, to oversee the rail consolidation project in Springfield.

If passed, the commission would be in charge of making sure certain guidelines outlined in the community benefits agreement, including funding for job training and ensuring minority hiring are met.

Supporters of the plan says they don’t believe the various agencies involved with the high-speed rail project in Springfield are following those rules.

“The community came together to accept a 10th street scenario because of the work of many individuals in this room and beyond, organizations in this room and beyond and because of that document. So it’s important to us that the state put some weight behind that document,” said Sen. Andy Manar (D) Bunker Hill.

If created, the commission would hold hearings and pass on their findings to state and city leaders.

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