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Archive for March, 2007

Letter to Editor: Tar and feather ’em…

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Appeared in the Dallas Morning News Saturday, March 31, 2007 – Dear Editor: Your recent editorial labeling those who attended the March 1 hearing in Austin held by the Senate Transportation Committee a “mob”, is telling. The good folks who attended this hearing ranged from multimillionaires to county commissioners to cabbies and poor farmers. If […]

Toll road bids running out of fuel

Saturday, March 31st, 2007

Link to article here. Toll road bids running out of fuel By Gary Scharrer Express-News 03/31/2007 AUSTIN — Public wrath over private company toll roads has soured most Texas lawmakers on a 2003 law that started the controversy, but some of their leaders say they can’t support a moratorium on it — at least not […]

TxDOT strong-arms Houston in effort to extort money for roads

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Link to article here. This article reveals several of the troublesome developments with regards to how we build roads in Texas. First, it shows TxDOT’s bullying of local governments. Second, it shows the State is out to make money off our roads, not provide transportation. Third, even local government is buying into the toll road […]

New West Texas trade corridor to be financed with CDA

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Link to article here. This corridor is also known as La Entrada. Alternative Funding Considered for Ports-to-Plains Project Source: McGraw-Hill Construction TxDOT will study private investments and partnerships in an effort to expedite the completion of the proposed Ports-to-Plains Corridor. TxDOT Considers Alternative Funding For Ports-to-Plains Corridor With funding scarce for the long-sought Ports-to-Plains corridor, […]

Hwy 130 CDA signed with “nary a peep”? Not exactly!

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Link to article here. The whole reason there’s such a dust-up in Austin and the reason why Senator Robert Nichols took it upon himself to halt any further CDAs from being signed is due to the non-compete clause and other horrific details of the Hwy 130 CDA with Cintra. TxDOT is in for a fight! […]

More than one way to skin this cat: Senate reins in TxDOT through finance bill

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

Yesterday the Senate Finance Committee added riders to the state budget that would FORCE TxDOT to get approval from the Legislative Budget Board in order before entering into a Public-Private Partnership (known as CDAs in TX) or any agreement with a non-compete clause. We applaud Senator Ogden for his leadership and creativity on this since […]

Nichols defends two-year freeze on private toll road contracts

Monday, March 26th, 2007

Nichols proposes two-year freeze on contracts by Christine DeLoma Lone Star Report March 26, 2007 Responding to the political backlash over the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor toll road plan, lawmakers are seeking to restrict multi-billion dollar highway construction and operation contracts to private companies. At issue is whether the state should be in the business of […]

Toll roads good for shareholders, bad for TX taxpayers

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Link to article here. DANGER AHEAD Toll roads a good deal for shareholders, but a bad bargain for Texas taxpayers March 24, 2007 By STATE SEN. ROBERT NICHOLS The Houston Chronicle Copyright 2007 Few issues have become as emotionally or politically charged over the past few years as toll roads. As a Texas transportation commissioner […]

NAFTA Superhighways: North American Union more than just dialogue

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Link to article here. Commerce chief pushes for ‘North American integration’ Communiqué shows SPP far more than just ‘dialogue’ with Canada, Mexico By Jerome R. Corsi World Net Daily March 24, 2007 Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez While the Bush administration insists the controversial Security and Prosperity Partnership is just a dialogue with Canada and […]

‘Don’t pave our land’ Farm Bureau pleads; Trans-Texas Corridor opposition grows, Legislature considers limits

Saturday, March 24th, 2007

Link to article here. ‘Don’t pave our land’ Farm Bureau pleads Trans-Texas Corridor opposition grows, Legislature considers limits March 24, 2007 World Net Daily Texas farmers are stepping up their opposition to the Trans-Texas Corridor, a massive highway project that ultimately could take about half a million acres of the state out of agricultural production […]

   
   

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