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Archive for November, 2009

Perry pledging to “raise some dollars for roads”

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

As the Texas Governor’s race heats up, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, who’s challenging Rick Perry, released a telling video today that shows the complete waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars by Perry’s highway department. Hutchison makes the argument that why would Texans want to give such a rogue agency MORE of their hard-earned money […]

Only 17% get relief using toll lanes on one of most congested CA roads

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Link to article here. Note that only 50,000 cars per day can afford to pay $9.50 ONE WAY daily to use the toll lanes down the middle of existing freeway SR 91 in Orange County, CA. It says the total number of cars that use the corridor is 300,000. So only 17% of commuters ever […]

Idaho DOT head fired for reducing cost to taxpayers

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Link to article here. We can actually begin to see a trend here…Schwarzenegger tried to oust his own appointee for being critical of giving gravy train contracts to the private sector when it can be done cheaper by the public sector and save taxpayers’ money. Bullies all! Our elected officials DO NOT work for us […]

Rendell resurrects attempt to toll I-80 in Pennsylvania

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Article from: 11/9/2009 Pennsylvania Resurrects Plan to Toll Interstate 80 Freeway Pennsylvania re-files application to add tolls to the Interstate 80 freeway to generate $473 million in revenue. Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell (D) has not given up on his dream of adding toll booths on Interstate 80, a freeway that serves as a […]

Big money wants new govt agency just for PPPs

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Texas State Representative Carl Isett already introduced a bill, HB 1815, in the last legislative session to do this very thing – create a whole state agency that does nothing but write contracts that sell-off Texas roads to Wall Street in sweetheart deals. This is an abomination for taxpayers and anyone who cares about maintaining […]

Houghton flip flops on promise not to interfere with local toll decisions

Friday, November 6th, 2009

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Transportation Commissioner wants to strip local toll agency of project after promising “TxDOT should be out of the toll business” Grassroots cry foul over Houghton flip-flop (November 6, 2009) – In today’s Star-Telegram article, Texas Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton reversed his position on the department’s involvement in toll roads. The article states Houghton […]

Toll hikes, sale of toll roads to Wall Street cost NJ Governor re-election

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Link to article here. This ought to send shudders down Rick Perry’s spine. The people have spoken in New Jersey and they rejected their pro-toll Governor’s scheme to sell the New Jersey turnpike to Wall Street in an asset monetization and privatization scheme that could have increased tolls 800%. Even after he dropped the plan […]

Eminent domain reform has a long way to go

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

Texans overwhelmingly voted for Proposition 11 in hopes that it sends a strong message that Texans want eminent domain reform. However, Prop 11 didn’t get the job done. The Texas Legislature needs to continue the push for further reforms and to prevent abuses. TURF didn’t support Prop 11 because it still allows a governmental entity […]

Trend of selling-off public roads to Wall Street goes south

Sunday, November 1st, 2009

Link to article here. Privately run infrastructure deals dry up By Dennis Cauchon, USA TODAY October 27, 209 A rush by state and local governments to sell roads, bridges and airports to private operators in return for eye-popping upfront sums has all but collapsed in the recession. That could leave taxpayers on the hook for […]


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