"If we let Perry win this historic battle simply by reelecting him, we will pay infinite and ongoing increases in toll taxes for generations to come."
The Tribune (Atoscocita, Humble, Kingwood, Lake Houston)
I was raised on a farm and ranch in Central Texas, where I learned to shoot a rifle before I learned to ride a bike. The rifle was for protection from rattlesnakes, as we freely roamed the land that we loved. There is a now a two-legged snake stalking our Texas lands. Rick Perry proposed the sweeping toll road and high-speed rail corridor in 2002. The name “Trans-Texas Corridor” is now gone, but two key roads in the project — one parallel to Interstate 35 is now under construction, and another that is to be Interstate 69 running from northeast Texas to the Rio Grande Valley — remains in the planning stages.
This multi-billion dollar toll road is the biggest taxing, spending and tolling fiasco in the history of Texas.
Perry’s Toll Road to Riches cheats Texas taxpayers, consumers, drivers and landowners. It is a prime example of the big government, pro-tax, pro-toll agenda of Rick Perry that favors his already rich cronies. Perry does not care at all about the property rights of Texans. Although he constantly espouses “no new taxes,” these outrageous tolls are in fact new and extreme taxation without equitable representation. If we let Perry win this historic battle simply by reelecting him, we will pay infinite and ongoing increases in toll taxes for generations to come. Is that the legacy we want to leave our children’s children?
Despite opposition from farmers and ranchers, who were threatened with loss of land and a way of life, the work from a secret contract with a Spanish company, with multiple ties to political appointees of Rick Perry, has ravaged the beautiful land all along Central Texas. Where four generations of families thrived on land with over hundred-year old oaks, now nothing stands but the dirt that is being turned to Rick Perry’s Toll Road to Riches for himself and for his political cronies, foreign and domestic. I have seen it with my own eyes and weep for the people and the land that I love.
Josie Salmon Robinson
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