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Archive for May, 2008

Hutchison calls for increase in refinery capacity

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Link to the article here. Sen. Hutchison Urges Refinery Expansion to Help Alleviate Gas Prices Texas Insider Published: 05-29-08 Provision, which Passed in 2005, will Help Increase Domestic Refinery Capacity through Tax Deduction WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), Texas’ senior senator, today sent a letter to Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson urging his […]

Sunset Committee to recommend TxDOT be taken over by a conservator!

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Link to article here. Yippeeeeeeee! Finally a voice of reason! The Sunset Committee report on TxDOT is likely to recommend TxDOT be taken over by a conservator and that the Transportation Commission appointed by the Governor be replaced with a single commissioner! Now we asked for an elected commissioner, they recommend a hired hand, but, […]

No shift away from current toll policy or Trans Texas Corridor despite spin

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Link to article here. TxDOT’s new chief vows state will own toll roads Trans-Texas Corridor plan still has skeptics By KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press May 30, 2008 AUSTIN — Transportation Commission Chair Deirdre Delisi, whose political ties to Gov. Rick Perry drew criticism when he appointed her, led her first meeting Thursday and expressed a […]

Lou Dobbs debunks claims NAFTA Superhighway is a myth

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Watch this fabulous report with a brief segment from TURF Founder, Terri Hall.

All talk, no teeth as Transportation Commission attempts to quell opposition

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Don’t believe the hype. Today the Texas Transportation Commission adopted a Minute Order designed to fool people into thinking they’ve changed their stripes. The reality? It’s all posturing. New Chairwoman Deirdre Delisi (who has no transportation experience only running political campaigns for Perry then becoming his Chief of Staff) wants the Senate to confirm her, […]

Steepest decline in driving EVER RECORDED!

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Link to article here. “Figures show… the steepest decline in driving ever recorded.” That statement says it all. This is not the time to add toll taxes to our freeways or to proliferate toll roads in general. It’s simple economics. People’s wallets aren’t an endless cash cow for government and road contractors to pilfer at […]

TxDOT brings lobbyists in-house

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

IMMEDIATE RELEASE TxDOT still engaging in illegal lobbying with impunity Chronicle reports TxDOT hired former lobbyist to lobby Democrats in Congress Houston, TX, May 27, 2008 – A May 25 Houston Chronicle article reveals that while TxDOT ceased hiring OUTSIDE lobbyists, it hired Rebecca Reyes using taxpayer money to work in TxDOT’s Washington office. Reyes […]

TxDOT hires former lobbyist to lobby Dems in Congress

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Link to article here. This article demonstrates how both TxDOT and lawmakers ignore the law. Once again, TxDOT admits they’re lobbying, this time members of Congress specifically, and no one in the Legislature, Congress or law enforcement is doing a single thing about it! TxDOT leaves out the fact that they stopped hiring outside lobbyists […]

McCain tied to lobbyist for Trans Texas Corridor, toll roads

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Link to article here. The Loeffler Tuggey (et al) law firm represents Zachry Construction, the major toll road player in Texas who partnered with Cintra to win the development rights to the Trans Texas Corridor and landed the first privatized toll road contract in Texas for SH 130. So the connection to McCain is clear […]

OK tears down highway replaces with a park

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Link to article here. Vancouver has no highways in its city limits and experiences little congestion. There is something to be said for parkways and boulevards in our downtown and historic areas. This is the best possible solution for Hwy 290 in Austin and Bandera Rd. in San Antonio. Oklahoma City swaps highway for park […]

   
   

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