With $8 billion in bonds held back by a court ruling, skeptics of the state high-speed rail project question how legislators will come up with the $180 million needed to match equivalent federal funds for the project coming in April. While the budget proposed by Governor Jerry Brown includes $250 million for HSR, said budget will not be finalized until June. This very question was the subject of a Congressional hearing on the project, where lawmakers critical of the project questioned how the state will fund the project since no private investor has come forward. CAHSR Authority Chairperson Dan Richard, who testified at the hearing, responded that a new business plan would address some of the issues brought forth in the above court ruling, which in turn would free up bond money.
As the court ruling further drags the project schedule, people are growing restless. A collection of letters submitted to the Los Angeles Times expressed anger at the developments and condescension at the very concept of HSR, employing red herring arguments that ask HSR money to be spent on unrelated initiatives instead. Cartoonist Ted Rall speculates that Brown could choose three ways to get more money for the project. Meanwhile, Hyperloop supporters have started to mull a state ballot measure that could fund their concept.