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Archive for October, 2005

Australian company, Macquarie, bidder for SA toll system, discovers taxpayer wrath; Texans aren’t they only ones angry with toll road secrecy

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Link to article here. Open secrets The Cross City Tunnel scandal should lead to more public scrutiny of private infrastructure deals By Matthew Moore Fairfax Digital October 31, 2005 The political train smash the Cross City Tunnel is fast resembling, one lesson is increasingly clear: the days of secret government contracts are doomed. The fury […]

No Need for Taxpayer Subsidies Through Prop 1

Monday, October 31st, 2005

Union Pacific’s profits up 83% A completely new argument being made FOR Proposition 1 is rail safety. State Representative Ruth McClendon Jones and others claim rail companies don’t have the money to move their rail lines out of urban areas. Not true, Reuters published an article stating Union Pacific’s profits are up 83%. They make […]

Transportation Commission Chair says toll revenues could pay off rail bond debt…so much for every dollar in tolls going to local roads like the Governor says!

Sunday, October 30th, 2005

NOTE: Ric Williamson clearly states toll revenues could be used to fund private rail relocation after the Governor promised every dollar in tolls would go to local roads (see it here). Williamson also states gas tax money will be used to fund toll roads….hence admitting their DOUBLE TAX scheme! Measure spurs debate on funding new […]


Tuesday, October 25th, 2005

Citizens demand accountability, open and responsive government MPO TRANSPORTATION POLICY BOARD STATEMENT October 24, 2005 Concerns about the toll plans for Bexar County and across the state have birthed a far-reaching movement that crosses party lines and socioeconomic status. Our local group has more than doubled in size in just the last 4 weeks. Everyone […]

Macquarie, SA toll system bidder, shares downgraded by stockbrokers

Thursday, October 20th, 2005

Macquarie vulnerable, broker say The AUSTRALIAN Richard Gluyas and Glenda Korporaal 20oct05 INVESTOR sentiment could be turning against the “millionaires’ factory” Macquarie Bank, according to a leading firm of stockbrokers, which yesterday downgraded its rating of the nation’s largest investment bank. Goldman Sachs JBWere said Macquarie’s recent meteoric rise, as well as its reliance on […]

Rep. Frank Corte Appointed to Eminent Domain Committee

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Found in Texas Government Insider: Members of transportation financing, eminent domain committees named Speaker Tom Craddick today announced the Texas House of Representatives appointees to the Study Commission on Transportation Financing and an interim committee studying the use of eminent domain power. On the transportation financing committee, Rep. Mike Krusee of Round Rock will serve […]

“Tolls are the American Way” says Rep. Mike Krusee

Friday, October 14th, 2005

Rep. Mike Krusee chairs the House Transportation Committee and thinks their toll proliferation plan is applying free market principles to transportation. Mr. Krusee, I have some very basic principles to share with you, so please pay attention. Free market principles cannot apply to limited public assets like roadways. We, the consumer, can’t go build a […]

RMA Survey in the News

Thursday, October 13th, 2005

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Wednesday, October 12th, 2005

Skewed Results Leave Out the Most Pertinent Information Public Needs to Make Informed Decision About Toll Plan San Antonio, TX, October 12, 2005 – By the Alamo RMA’s own press release revealing the results of a survey conducted by Baselice & Associates, they admit their toll plans are in trouble (though they probably don’t even […]

Vote NO on Props 1 & 9

Sunday, October 9th, 2005

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (Again!) By Toll Party Founder, Sal Costello In 2001, a Proposition was put forward to the voters that allowed the Texas Mobility Fund. Texans voted for “mobility” and Prop 15 became a constitutional amendment. Only later we found out the wolf was in sheep’s clothing. Prop 15 ballot language did NOT […]


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