Friday, November 17, 2006

"Lawmakers on a collision course with Gov. Rick Perry?"

Toll roads were a non-starter on election day


The Lone Star Report
Volume 11, Issue 15
Copyright 2006

Mike Krusee (R-Round Rock) gets only 50 percent of the vote in a solidly Republican district? And his Democratic opponent is within five percent? This is but one example of the unpopularity of the state's current transportation policies.

Most successful candidates ran as fast and as far as they could from the governor's policy of making almost all new freeways toll roads. The Trans-Texas Corridor also did not play well on election day for a variety of reasons.

The Legislature will likely revisit this issue, which could put lawmakers on a collision course with Gov. Rick Perry.

It remains to be seen exactly what changes to current policy will gather steam at the Capitol. But transportation will be an issue in the spring.

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