"The time for tough talk and no action is over!"
We based our Good Guy / Bad Guy List upon who voted FOR and AGAINST the Governor’s counterfeit private toll morato rium bill, SB 792. It not only didn’t stop the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC-69 was taken out of the moratorium in SB 792), it unleashed “market valuation” where the government now looks at a toll road the way a private toll operator does, which is seeing how much money they can make off the road. All traditional turnpikes have now been replaced with a market-based model.
Market-based tolls determine the highest possible toll “the market can bear.” Market-based tolls do not determine the toll rate based on the actual cost of construction, maintenance, and debt retire- ment but rather on how much profit the government can make off a given roadway. This method of tolling allows the government to siphon money from motorists on one road segment to pay for other road segments.
This method of tolling is to maximize revenue and gouge motorists with unnecessarily high toll taxation. It’s also a way to cut loose the controversial privatization model and replace it with a public one that essentially does the same thing under a different name. Market-based tolls are a way for the Governor to create a cash cow to fund the segments of the Trans Texas Corridor or other projects that aren’t toll viable.
Find out where every candidate stands on the issues of toll roads and the Trans Texas Corridor before you vote. Press them on specifics, don’t let them just tell you they’re opposed. How are they going to stop the Trans Texas Corridor or tolls and how will they give the taxpayers veto power over toll projects and rein-in the mess at TxDOT? The time for tough talk and no action is over!
Exceptional Good Guys
Rep. Garnet Coleman, Dist 147 (Houston)
Rep. David Leibowitz, Dist 117 (San Antonio) (has General Election opponent)
Rep. Nathan Macias, Dist 73 (Hill Country north of San Antonio) (lost
by 17 votes in the primary with evidence of voter irregularities; his op-
ponent Doug Miller’s relatives counted ballots among other problems)
Rep. Ken Paxton, Dist 70 (North TX, Collin County) (called for
legislative investigation of TxDOT’s misuse of taxpayer money for its ad
campaign and illegal lobbying) (no opponent)
Good Guys with General Election opponents –
Jessica Farrar, Dist 148 (Harris County)
Lon Burnam, Dist 90 (Tarrant County)
Ana Hernandez , Dist 143 (Harris County)
Joe Farias, Dist 118 (San Antonio)
Stephen Frost, Dist 1 (Northeast TX)
Sid Miller, Dist 59 (Stephenville area)
Senfronia Thompson, Dist 141 (Harris County)
Good Guys Running unopposed –
Joaquin Castro, Dist 125 (San Antonio)
Jodie Laubenberg, Dist 89 (North TX, Collin County)
Trey Martinez Fischer, Dist (San Antonio)
Ruth McClendon, Dist (San Antonio)
Joe Straus, Dist (San Antonio)
Marc Veasey, Dist 95 (Tarrant County)
Mike Villarreal, Dist (San Antonio)
Mixed Bag -
Rep. Joe Pickett (voted for SB 792, but fights for accountability at TxDOT, insists toll roads more expensive than free roads, outspoken critic of TxDOT - see http://satollparty.com/post/?p=316 ) (no opponent)
Rep. Lois Kolkhorst (voted for SB 792, but pushed the people’s moratorium bill, HB 1892; against TTC & opposes tolls on existing roads, but for some toll roads) (no opponent)
Sen. Glen Hegar (voted for SB 792, but fights for accountability at TxDOT and sits on the Sunset Advisory Committee, wants someone FIRED at TxDOT for the $1 billion “accounting error”) (not up for re-election)
Sen. Robert Nichols (voted for SB 792, but authored and pushed the people’s moratorium bill, HB 1892; opposes tolls on existing roads, but for some toll roads) (not up for re-election)
Sen. Dan Patrick (he voted for SB 792 and is generally for toll roads, but he called for legislative investigation of TxDOT’s misuse of taxpayer money for its ad campaign and illegal lobbying) (not up for re-election)
- Every Senator voted for market-based tolls and the Governor’s counterfeit moratorium bill, SB 792
- Every State Rep voted for market-based tolls and the Governor’s counterfeit moratorium bill, SB 792, except for 19, which are listed above.
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