Sec. Peters and Gov. Perry promote "free market" monopolies for private toll road builders (with big brother tolling technology)
April 3, 2007
Samsung is pumping millions of dollars into the local economy, and Gov. Rick Perry worries that sort of thing will evaporate without the quick road construction private toll companies offer.
Perry is not ignoring those pushing for a 2-year moratorium on privately run toll roads, and he brought in reinforcements Tuesday from Washington, D.C.
"We've always held our freedoms very close to heart in this country," said Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters. "And today we find ourselves fighting for another of those freedoms - a freedom that we need to keep alive. That is the freedom to move people, goods and services across our nation safely and, importantly, on time.
Peters is traveling the country arguing for a free-market approach to road construction.
Translation: private toll roads.
Perry welcomed her support.
"Let no one be confused," Perry said. "There are no such things as 'freeways.' There are tax-ways, and there are tollways."
Perry and Peters did all this at the Samsung plant to make a point.
"Let's get these roads built," Perry said. "Let's get the job done, so that jobs and trade and opportunity and the Samsungs of the world can continue to know that they can invest in Texas; they can employ Texans; and that the economy will continue on that upward path that we find it on today."
So, would Perry veto a moratorium bill?
"That's a long way down the road," Perry said. "I hope it never comes to that, but I think I made it pretty clear that I'm not a big fan of the moratorium.
Should government provide the transportation or contract with private companies to do it?
When these sorts of ideas clash, a lot of money is at stake, as well.
So no one is ignoring anyone these days.
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