"TxDOT and Gov. Rick Perry have reached new lows in ignoring the will of Texans and selling out to special-interest groups."
News reports have recently stated that the Texas Department of Transportation has proposed purchasing already existing Texas interstate highways from the federal government so that it can then convert them to toll roads.
TxDOT and Gov. Rick Perry have reached new lows in ignoring the will of Texans and selling out to special-interest groups. This proposal would be bad for Texans on many levels. Our interstate highways have already been paid for by federal tax dollars.
It is imperative that residents have the use of a free interstate system for ease of mobility and travel. Many cannot afford to tie up money in toll fees.
And in these days of record high gas prices, the last thing this troubled economy needs is more burden placed on the average person trying to make ends meet.
One of the biggest reasons that this is bad for Texans is that this TxDOT end run picks the public's pocket while distracting us from other boondoggle projects (such as the Grand Parkway and the Trans-Texas Corridor) that also cannot be paid for. There are too many needs competing for too few dollars in the state budget. With shrinking economies, we should fund projects that serve the greater needs of a greater number of people.
It should be an embarrassment to us that Texas ranks lower than most states and some Third World countries when it comes to medical services and the number of children covered by health insurance.
Taking free travel from the citizens and charging them to build unnecessary roads is bad politics and a fiscally unsound idea.
Is this from a lack of vision or is it just corruption?
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