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Archive for February, 2007

Toll company: Texas is full of “vast toll road riches up for grabs”

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

As reported in the Waxahachie Daily Light, February 28, 2007: “The Australian, a newspaper based in Sydney, described Texas as ‘the toll road El Dorado’ in a recent online article that also referenced ‘vast toll road riches up for grabs in Texas.’ A Spanish term, El Dorado means “the golden one” and typically is used […]

More fallout from State Auditor’s report…could cost taxpayers $18 billion!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Link to article here. State audit critical of Trans-Texas Corridor proposal By David Tanner Landline Magazine February 28, 2007 Texas Gov. Rick Perry continually states that the Trans-Texas Corridor will be a cost-effective project for Texans with the private sector paying the bulk of the bills. But last week, the Texas State Auditor’s Office pulled […]

Dewhurst: “I’m angry” at TxDOT, declares no telling how high toll rates will get

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

Link to article here. Toll rates to increase so high, state leaders can’t even say Texans can expect to pay more to drive on state-run toll roads — a lot more. Houston Chronicle February 27, 2007 But just how much more, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst can’t say because of confidentiality agreements that the Texas Department […]

Sen. Ogden, new ally! Former toller desires to right “past sins” that unleased this monster!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Link to article here. Finance chairman warns of political force against reform By Laylan Copelin Austin American Statesman February 27, 2007 Fearing that state officials lack the collective will to act, the Senate Finance Committee chairman said this morning that three state agencies must be reined in despite the embarrassment it may cause. Sen. Steve […]

Cintra winning bidder on Hwy 121 in Dallas…to collect tolls on EXISTING highway with no LIMIT on tolls for the next 50 YEARS!

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Link to article here and here. Note how the reporter buries the FACT that 121 was already built with gas tax dollars and has now been hawked by Perry’s little council to the highest bidder…no surprise that it’s Cintra. This is DOUBLE TAXATION and Senator Carona notes it does include a non-compete clause prohibiting the […]

TX Observer: Road Kill…the build-up to Carona’s hearing

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Link to article here. Road Kill by Eileen Welsome Texas Observer Feb. 27, 2007 Although the current Legislative session is only a few weeks old, Ric Williamson, the embattled chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, has already incurred the wrath of numerous state lawmakers intent on curbing the Department of Transportation’s plans to pave the […]

Macquarie salivates over $250 BILLION in Texas toll roads

Monday, February 26th, 2007

Link to article here. It’s one thing to build and maintain roads, it’s another to engage in sweetheart deals that enrich private corporations while infinitely sticking it to the taxpayers who own the aforementioned assets. TxDOT is clearly no longer about building and maintaining roads and facilitating getting people from Point A to Point B […]

Kolkhorst files bill to kill Trans Texas Corridor

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

San Antonio’s State Representative David Leibowitz has filed a similar bill. Can you feel the momentum? Kolkhorst has been working with one of our partner groups, Corridor Watch.org, to craft this legislation. Contact your representatives and make sure these bills get to the floor for a vote and PASS! Kolkhorst bill would halt highway proposal […]

More deception: TxDOT lies to Austinites about their “free” lanes

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

It shouldn’t surprise anybody by now that TxDOT has lied to the public. Haven’t we all heard the oft repeated claim that when they convert existing roads into tollways we’ll have as many free lanes as exist today per state law? Well, next to one of the recently opened toll roads in Austin, motorists had […]

State Auditor slams Trans Texas Corridor; TxDOT misled public about use of taxpayer money

Saturday, February 24th, 2007

Link to articles here and here. My mother called it LYING when someone deliberately fails to tell to the truth, and, in fact, tells someone the opposite of what is true. That’s what TxDOT has done not only with the figures for the state’s transportation “needs,” but also regarding the use of taxpayer money for […]

   
   

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