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Archive for April, 2006

Comal County Judge not being honest about plans to toll 46

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Link to Herald-Zeitung here. TxDOT wants to toll Hwy 46 and the Commissioners know it, so for Comal County Judge Danny Scheel and TxDOT’s Greg Malatek to say it’s not going to be tolled is untrue. The Commissioners may not anticipate tolling 46 for this go-round, but it’s clear TxDOT has its sights set on […]

Democrats propose state fuel tax holiday

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Link to article here. Apparently the bill won’t get traction from Republicans because they’re too busy raising taxes in spite of an $8.2 billion surplus. Concern over gas prices tops nearly every national poll. With gas prices at or near $3 a gallon, people do not have the discretionary income to pay tolls on top […]

New Braunfels greets Strayhorn with most enthusiastic crowd in Texas!

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Link to Herald-Zeitung article here! Strayhorn receives raucous welcome By Leigh Jones The Herald-Zeitung Published April 27, 2006 Scooter Store employees gave one big welcome to one tough gubernatorial hopeful Wednesday. Carole Keeton Strayhorn seemed genuinely surprised when her entrance into the mobility giant’s New Braunfels headquarters was greeted by a chorus of cheers accompanied […]

More taxpayer funded lobbying (against the taxpayers)

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

See Sal’s blog here. IMPORTANT EXCERPTS TO NOTE… “That toll lobby is the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA) and its developer members who have more influence on TxDOT than citizens. RECA is also known to have more influence with special interest politicians whose campaigns benefit from their fat checks. Linda Rife also works as […]

County, TxDOT vow not to toll 46, but studied it for tolls!

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Link to Herald-Zeitung article here. Can we honestly trust what these folks tell us anymore? First 281 was paid for, then they said the funds were “reallocated,” then it turns up in the Express-News, Dec 1, 2005 (see the article), that not only is the money there, the sum grew $35 million in order to […]

Leon Valley residents don’t want elevated toll lanes through their neighborhood

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Link to story here. Bandera Road is being considered for elevated toll lanes because of the NAFTA/CAFTA truck traffic passing through that area into Bandera. Same reason 281 and I-35 are on the hit list. Why should Texans have to disproportiately bear the tax burden for infrastructure that benefits the entire Nation’s commerce? Art Reyna […]

TxDOT LIES to MPO stating no taxpayer money going into Trans Texas Corridor

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Clay Smith of TxDOT told the MPO Monday that no taxpayer money would fund the Trans Texas Corridor. That’s a flat out lie. It’s been reported that Prop 1 rail funds, which are taxpayer-funded bonds, are fair game to fund the Trans Texas Corridor [See story here and from the Star-Telegram, “Williamson said toll road […]

Driscoll: Dealing with gas prices and how it relates toll roads

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

USA Today: Drivers flocking to mass transit due to high fuel prices

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

USA Today article here. Drivers switch to public transit Updated 4/25/2006 2:23 PM ET By Barbara Hagenbaugh USA TODAY WASHINGTON — Soaring gas prices appear, once again, to be leading some drivers to park their cars. Public transit systems across the USA are seeing an increase in ridership. Although it’s difficult to directly link the […]

Carlos Guerra: Politics of privilege alive and well in the latest Austin session

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006 Read the last few paragraphs…he brings in toll roads to his argument. Carlos Guerra: Politics of privilege alive and well in the latest Austin session Web Posted: 04/25/2006 12:00 AM CDT San Antonio Express-News Close to the front of the Texas Constitution — the nation’s most-amended state charter — is Article 1, Section 3, […]


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