"Even our elected officials are starting to weigh in and ask for a congressional investigation into TXDOT's misuse of taxpayer money this way."
September 24, 2007
KSAT.com (San Antonio)
SAN ANTONIO -- A Travis County court denied a San Antonio woman's request to stop a multi-million dollar ad campaign, financed with tax-payer money, to promote toll roads.
A Travis County district court judge denied anti-toll protestor Terri Hall's request for a temporary restraining order against the toll road campaign, Keep Texas Moving.
The judge said the law allows the Texas Department of Transportation to educate the public about toll roads and other transportation needs.
Hall plans to move forward with a lawsuit seeking an injunction to stop two top TXDOT executives from lobbying congress for toll roads.
"This is just round one," Hall said. "This issue is definitely not over, even our elected officials are starting to weigh in and ask for a congressional investigation into TXDOT's misuse of taxpayer money this way."
TXDOT plans to spend $7 to $9 million to promote an issue that has sparked widespread criticism from city officials, state representatives and newspaper editorial boards.
Hall said as long as the state plans to build toll roads, activists like her will continue their efforts to stop them.
Hall said she and her attorney plan to be back in court next week to face the same judge with a team of lawyers representing the state attorney general.
She said they plan to convince him to throw out the rest of their case because they feel it's being heard in the wrong court.
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