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Archive for July, 2008

State Dept gives U.S. oil to Russians

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Link to article here. Record high gas prices hurting your family? Don’t worry, the U.S. government isn’t concerned. In fact, it’s giving away U.S. oil in order squeeze U.S. consumers even more. What are we paying these people for? To protect the public interest and solve our energy crisis? No, to reduce the standard of […]

Bush calls for tolling existing FREEways, privatizing infrastructure

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Link to article here. At least now it’s abundantly clear to the average citizen that the Bush Administration is behind this privatization of our public infrastructure and toll road proliferation. He even called for tolls on existing freeways in a DOUBLE TAX nightmare for motorists. So much for lower taxes from so-called conservatives! They even […]

Driving down again, even during peak summer season

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Link to article here. Driving continues to go down as gas prices stay high. What other evidence do bond investors need to realize these toll roads are a BAD investment and will likely default given the dramatic drop in driving as people tighten their belts? There just won’t be enough money to ante up for […]

Driving continues 7 month slide, worst since 1980

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Link to article here. It’s obvious Americans have reached the ceiling for the price of gasoline. Apparently, $4 a gallon is the impetus to cutting back on driving for the first time since the oil embargo. Tollers still contend you’ll pay tolls no matter the cost to the family budget since people still have to […]

GAO warns of problems with public private partnerships

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Link to article here. The proof keeps coming that PPPs cost taxpayers more and aren’t worth the cost to future generations to get up-front cash for today’s fixes. GAO Questions Wisdom of Public Private Partnerships Government Accountability Office testimony warns of need to better assess the true cost of privately operated toll roads. The Government […]

Mortgage bailout may cause eminent domain abuse

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Link to article here. Since the Trans Texas Corridor will be the largest eminent domain land grab in TX if not U.S. history, this move by Congress could be very dangerous. Texans need eminent domain protection against private profit in the name of economic development. Governor Rick Perry vetoed the last bill, HB 2006, it’s […]

Sunset Commission slams TxDOT for converting existing freeways to tollways & more

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Mission accomplished. The Sunset Commission heard your voices loud and clear and will investigate scrapping the appointed 5 member transportation commission with a single ELECTED commissioner and more (like investigate their misuse of taxpayer $$$ on illegal lobbying and its advocacy for tolling and the Trans Texas Corridor). Watch the explosive videos, including how legislators […]

How local government is fighting the TTC

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Together with Stewards of the Range and the American Land Foundation, TURF has been working to take back our out of control government through forming a special kind of planning commission found in a state statute under Local Government Code section 391. These commissions are one of the few, if not the only, avenues for […]

Chair of tolling authority comes unhinged at toll opponents

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

Repeating their only song, the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority Chairman Bill Thornton, appointed by Rick Perry to promote toll roads at any cost, continues it’s mantra that toll opponents, specifically TURF is to blame for the 281 project costs going up. Their plan is unraveling, and they have to resort to lies to try and […]

Legislature investigates TxDOT’s propaganda campaign

Saturday, July 19th, 2008

Link to article here. TURF testified before the House State Affairs Committee regarding TxDOT’s illegal propaganda and lobbying campaign, Keep Texas Moving. The legislators were shocked at how far over the line TxDOT has crossed, and will likely seek changes in the law that TxDOT claims allows them to advertise toll roads and restrain any […]

   
   

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