Link to article here. Considering China’s provocative military actions (militarizing space by demonstrating their ability to explode satellites, stalking our ships off the coast of Japan, stealing military secrets most recently by hacking Pentagon computers and trying to buy the company that makes the Pentagon’s software to protect it from hackers) and its aggressive push [...]
Archive for October, 2007
Link to article here.
Data add to gloom on US economy
By Francesco Guerrera, Jonathan Birchall and Daniel Pimlott in New York
Published: October 30, 2007
A build-up of bearish data fueled fears of a US economic slowdown on Tuesday as consumer confidence slumped to a two-year low and house prices in big cities suffered their biggest drop [...]
Link to article here. Ms. Ross gets it right when she says bond elections should not be a blank check! She rightly states Texans shouldn’t even be considering bonds when the State has such a BIG surplus…Amen!
So Little to Show
By Tara Ross
Well, I never thought I’d say it, but I agree with Dennis [...]
Link to article here. The article mentions SB 792, the private toll moratorium bill that KILLED the 281/1604 private toll deal. But true to form, TxDOT is breaking the law and pursuing foreign control of 1604 toll lanes anyway. The article also notes that up to nearly $200 million in GAS TAXES may subsidize the [...]
Link to story here. The pro-tollers have come unhinged! Look who can’t win on the arguments and feels the need to drag a political debate into the mud and muck with name calling…Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff. First, we’re called PIGS now “crazy” and “dangerous.”
Here’s what’s crazy:
-Charging us over and over again for what’s already [...]
Link to article here. FYI, the 281 lawsuit filed in federal court in December of 2005 required a new environmental study, but NOTHING prevents TxDOT from moving forward with the FREEway improvements to 281. It only stopped the TOLLWAY! The blame for any cost escalations rest solely on TxDOT and the politicians who enable them. [...]
Contact: David Van Os, Attorney at Law representing TURF, (210) 821-1700
View press conference on You Tube here.
TURF to sue transportation board for equal protection
MPO Board composition violates First and 14th Amendments to U.S. Constitution
San Antonio, TX, Monday, October 22, 2007 – In what could change the way toll roads are [...]
Link to article here. And who will get this toll revenue? Cintra, a Spanish company, and its minority partner, Zachry. So a PUBLIC agency is expressly manipulating our interstate speeds to line the pockets of a private, foreign company!
Texas: Speed Limit May be Lowered to Boost Toll Revenue
Toll road contract in Texas allows state to [...]
Repairing Bridges without Raising Gas Taxes
By Heidi Sommer and H. Sterling Burnett
In the wake of the August 1, 2007, Minneapolis bridge collapse, Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, proposed a 5-cents-per-gallon increase in the federal excise tax on gasoline.
Oberstar believes the hike would raise $25 billion over three [...]
See Austin TV story on You Tube here. See Houston Chronicle coverage below, too.
KXAN News 8 Story
Anti-toll road activist continues case against TxDOT
By: News 8 Austin Staff
An anti-toll road activist won a three-month continuance in her lawsuit against the Texas Department of Transportation.
Terri Hall of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) now has some [...]