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Archive for May, 2007

Weyrich: NAFTA Highway and Privatization of Roads – Politicians Beware!

Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Link to article here.NAFTA highway and privatization of roads — politicians beware! Paul Weyrich Paul Weyrich May 31, 2007 One question has always eluded me as I have examined public policy questions these past four decades. That is why when propositions are presented to the public so many people are outraged yet the legislators who […]

City Council to ILLEGALLY APPOINT EX-councilman to MPO Board!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

The City Council is scheduled to take-up appointing an “alternate” EX-city councilmember to replace ELECTED city councilmembers on the MPO Transportation Policy Board. Richard Perez staged a coup at the last MPO meeting to allow this brazen violation to appear as though it’s legitimately part of MPO policies. This item appears on the city council […]

House passes counterfeit moratorium, 19 reps try to avert “market-based” toll disaster!

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

We’ve come full circle. We started the session fighting this Governor, and we’ve ended the session the same way. The only difference is that the Legislature could have given us a slam dunk (HB 1892), but caved and left more in doubt, including the fate of the Trans Texas Corridor, than it made explicit. However, […]

Senate votes to gouge citizens with “market based” tolls

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Read the Express-News article here. The Governor got nearly every taxpayer protection added in the House STRIPPED from the bill, SB 792. SB 792 protects corporate bidders more than the taxpayers left holding the bag! There were more legislators during what little debate that was allowed on this bill, defending the rights of corporations than […]

They pulled 1604 amendment from the moratorium! DEFEAT SB 792!

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Are we going to let Wentworth, Uresti, Van De Putte, Zaffirini, and highway lobbyists pull our roads out SB 792 in conference committee (of course, their line is: “that was a decision of the conference committee”)? Are we going to let highway lobbyists threaten Rep. Joe Farias this way? Our senators and highway lobbyists have […]

Tricky Ricky is mad about the PEOPLE’S amendment!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Ricky’s ticked By Eileen Welsome Texas Observer May 22nd, 2007 at 9:25 pm Sources tell us this evening that Tricky Ricky is displeased with an amendment put up by state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, which closed a loophole in SB 792, the transportation legislation designed to temporarily halt the rush to privatize the state’s roads. The […]

TxDOT’s GOTCHA in SB 792

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

BIG FAT UP FRONT PAYMENTS WILL BE MANDATORY ON ALL TOLL PROJECTS IF SB 792 PASSES! TRADITIONAL TURNPIKES NO LONGER AN OPTION! Tuesday, May 22, 2007 – YOU’VE BEEN HAD! reads the bulletin to legislators sent out by grassroots group Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF). In seeking clarification on the implications of “market […]

Foreign Privatization of PUBLIC Highways

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Link to article here. Foreign Privatization of PUBLIC Highways By Henry Lamb American roads are the hottest commodity in the international marketplace. State and local governments are falling all over themselves to sell off highways, bridges, and all sorts of other revenue-producing infrastructure, to international financiers who are eager to snap up structures Americans have […]

Perez stages power grab, votes despite HUGE conflict of interest

Monday, May 21st, 2007

Perez stages a coup at the MPO Gets himself re-appointed AFTER he’s OUT OF OFFICE! In a raw abuse of power, using a blatant power grab accompanied by his lame duck term limited out councilmembers voted to turn law and order upside down on their way out of office, when soon-to-be ex-Councilman Richard Perez, who […]

Trade corridor linked to immigration policy, North America ‘partnership’ fast-tracked in border bill

Sunday, May 20th, 2007

Link to article here. For those still trying to claim the North American Union and Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) are a “conspiracy theory,” they need to wake-up and smell the legislation. Not only have 13 states adopted resolutions opposing the formation of a North American Union and NAFTA superhighways (Trans Texas Corridor), but also […]


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