Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Poll: 85% want to stop Texas Highway Fund diversions

Texas should stop spending highway funds for non-highway purposes, poll shows


San Antonio Business Journal
Copyright 2006

The Texas Legislature should end its practice of diverting a portion of its state highway funds toward non-highway programs, such as promoting tourism and providing medical transportation for the needy.

That's at least according to the results of an online poll conducted by the San Antonio Business Journal.

Eighty-five percent of online readers who participated in the poll said that this practice is siphoning off available dollars toward building and maintaining Texas highways.

(This poll is not a scientific sampling, but offers a quick view of what readers are thinking on given topics.)

Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson and State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, plan to push lawmakers to cease diverting highway dollars for non-highway purposes in the next legislative session.

Some poll takers said that the state is long overdue for a plan that would keep more highway trust fund dollars committed to Texas highways. Several said Texas highways are in poor shape, while residents are continually told there is never enough money to fix road problems.

Others responding to the poll said putting more money into transportation could alleviate the need for toll roads.

Only 7 percent of online voters said the state should continue to divert funds. Another 7 percent were undecided.

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