Thursday, February 14, 2008

"Corte voted to toll our freeways every chance he got despite massive opposition by his constituents."

Rep. Corte on wrong side of toll road


Terri Hall
San Antonio Express-News
Copyright 2008

The most politically radioactive issue in San Antonio is toll roads, and Rep. Frank Corte chose the wrong side. He endorsed Rick Perry's new policy of turning freeways into a network of toll roads where they'd like to charge us for every mile we drive in addition to gas taxes.

The Republican candidate opposing Corte is Tony Kosub, who has the full endorsement of the San Antonio Toll Party. Kosub adamantly opposes toll roads that charge us twice for the same stretch of road, and will work to rein in the Texas Department of Transportation that's prone to $1 billion accounting errors and bloating its budget by $30 billion.

Toll roads will cost the average family $2,000-$4,000 a year in new taxes to drive on what was once a freeway pricing commuters off our public freeways. This leaves those who cannot afford toll taxes with few alternatives to sitting in traffic. In many places, the only non-toll lanes will be access roads with stop lights and slower speed limits making those who can't pay tolls second-class citizens on congested streets, while those who can afford the tolls get their own personal lanes to bypass traffic.

Studies show toll roads make neighborhood streets more congested and less safe. This will cost the city and county more money and could result in further tax increases.

Even worse, those toll lanes are being subsidized with taxpayer money, but you won't be able to drive on those lanes without paying another tax, a toll tax, for every mile you drive.

Corte voted to toll our freeways every chance he got despite massive opposition by his constituents. It's time for District 122 to elect a legislator who will represent their best interests instead of special interests.

The choice is clear, Corte is a vote for higher taxes to benefit special interests, and Kosub is a vote to keep our freeways free.

Terri Hall is Founder/Director of the San Antonio Toll Party.

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