"The ploy is to move private rail into Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Corridor, after he promised no public funds would be used."
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Dallas Morning News
In 2001, 67 percent voted for Proposition 15, not realizing it opened the door for the unpopular Trans Texas Corridor, the privatizing of nonelected officials and the tolling of roads already paid for.
Today, the "tax wolves" are back.
Proposition 1 rail fund takes unlimited tax dollars and creates open-ended debt for generations to subsidize private corporations' rail via a blank check. The ploy is to move private rail into Gov. Rick Perry's Texas Corridor, after he promised no public funds would be used. The Texas GOP platform opposes the Texas Corridor because it's the largest land grab in Texas history.
Proposition 9 allows a bloated bureaucracy extended terms. The unelected, unaccountable regional mobility authorities seek to privatize and toll our public highways. They will set the toll rates for roads we've already paid for!
Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn's report (www.window.state.tx.us/specialrpt/ctrma05/) exposes their double taxation, unaccountability, conflicts and board members giving no-bid contracts to their friends and themselves.
Mr. Perry's special-interest regional mobility authorities should follow the Constitution and limit these terms to two years – not six.
Say "no" to Propositions 1 and 9.
Sal Costello, founder,
People for Efficient Transportation and TexasTollParty.com, Austin
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