Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Strayhorn reiterates call for Gov. Perry to make secret TxDOT contract public

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STRAYHORN: "Secret deals with foreign companies to take Texans' land and to control our critical infrastructure must be stopped."

March 29, 2006

Independent candidate for Governor Carole Keeton Strayhorn today said under her administration she will fight against still secret agreements for land grabs by foreign companies and foreign control of critical infrastructure and property including the new foreign controlled “Toll Rail” proposed by CINTRA.

“Our roads, our railways, our bridges, our seaports, our airports and our border crossings are vital to our economy and prime targets for terrorists,” Strayhorn said. “Why take the chance and let a private or public foreign operation control vital Texas infrastructure and property?”

Strayhorn today reiterated her call for Gov. Rick Perry to make public the secret 50-year contract his Texas Department of Transportation signed with Cintra, a European-based company, to build and charge Texans to drive on toll roads.

Cintra and TxDOT took the agreement to court on June 25th—now over eight months have passed with the public still kept in the dark as to the details—why accept a proposal from the same foreign company which does not want to release the unfair details of their first still secret agreement.

“Whether it is a foreign company running our roads, our rails, or operating our ports, it’s wrong,” she said. “What happens if ownership of these foreign companies changes hands?”

“Texas belongs to Texans, not foreign companies,” she said. “My administration will not be cutting secret sweetheart deals with foreign companies like Rick Perry has.

“His $184 billion Trans-Texas Catastrophe is a boondoggle and a land grab, and this deal just adds to the land grab and is wrong” she said. “Even though the Attorney General has ordered the first secret contract be made public, Perry and his highway henchmen are fighting that ruling in court. What do they have to hide? We must have government in the sunshine.”

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