Last Tuesday, Sens. Thad Altman and Arthenia Joyner filed an emergency petition with the Florida Supreme Court to force Gov. Rick Scott to accept $2.4 billion awarded to Florida for the development of a high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando. Senate President Mike Haridopolos refused to join the lawsuit, observing that “state government should focus on its needs, not its wants.” On Friday, the Florida Supreme Court unanimously denied the senators' petition, noting that the petitioning senators had not clearly demonstrated entitlement to relief. The federal Department of Transportation will now likely redistribute funds earmarked for Florida to other states for the development of high-speed rail lines.