Monday, March 15, 2010

Manor Expressway: Governor Perry's latest stimulus-funded toll road

Phoniness paved in toll roads


Letters to the editor
Austin American-Statesman
Copyright 2010

I was reminded how dishonest Gov. Rick Perry is about stimulus money and taxes when I drove by the ballyhoo of the Manor Expressway groundbreaking ceremony.

A substantial portion of the first phase of the project will be funded by the federal stimulus money that the State of Texas so willingly accepts and the governor so often derides. The expressway, once completed, will be tolled.

Based on the current toll projections, I will pay between $500 and $700 per year in tolls (i.e., additional taxes) for the privilege of driving to and from work on the supposedly anti-tax governor's stimulus-funded tollway
— a tollway that will serve to memorialize Perry's fundamental phoniness.

John Carlson


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