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Archive for October, 2007

China investing in privatized toll roads/infrastructure deals…the takeover continues

Wednesday, October 31st, 2007

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 […]

U.S. Dollar in free-fall; high gas prices stoke recession worries

Tuesday, October 30th, 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 […]

Say “No” to more bond debt for wasteful spending…No on Prop 12

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

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 Published: 10-30-07 Well, I never thought I’d say it, but I […]

Despite law that forbids it, TxDOT still looking to give 1604 toll project to foreign companies

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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 […]

Wolff: Toll Opponents “Crazy,” “Dangerous”

Thursday, October 25th, 2007

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 […]

Lawsuit against MPO makes front page, top of the fold!

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

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. […]

TURF sues SAMPO for unconstitutional composition & actions

Monday, October 22nd, 2007

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 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 […]

TxDOT to lower speed on I-35 to force more traffic on SH 130 TOLL ROAD

Friday, October 19th, 2007

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 […]

Only 60% of federal gas taxes go to roads…

Friday, October 19th, 2007

Repairing Bridges without Raising Gas Taxes By Heidi Sommer and H. Sterling Burnett NCPA Published: 10-18-07 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 […]

See the Austin, Houston report on TURF’s win in court

Friday, October 19th, 2007

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 10/19/2007 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 […]


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