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Archive for February, 2010

Supporter of pro-toll Sheila McNeil tries to buy votes

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Link to article here. McNeil “Those people can afford the tolls” McNeil, who’s trying to oust Good Guy Tommy Adkisson from office (more how McNeil stole the MPO chairmanship from Adkisson here), has a supporter offering to “buy” votes to reward people for voting for McNeil. It’s highly illegal, but do you think anyone will […]

Tax indexed to fuel efficiency to replace gas tax?

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Link to article here. Is this a better gas tax idea? Fri, Feb 19, 2010 | By Rodger Jones Dallas Morning News State lawmakers have been scrambling for ways to protect the buying power of the fuel tax even as cars get more efficient and require less gas. The concept under discussion in Austin has […]

What transportation crisis? Voters would cut road funding first

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Link to article here. First, not one of the major newspaper outlets who commissioned the poll will release it: the questions, how many Republicans versus Democrats were polled, or the methodology used. While we have many road projects that lack funding right now, when given a choice between all the potential cuts to implement to […]

Officials raise concerns about 161/Southwest Pkwy deal

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Link to article here. Area officials raise concerns about Southwest Parkway/Texas 161 deal Posted Friday, Feb. 12, 2010 By GORDON DICKSON ARLINGTON — Negotiations to turn over construction of Southwest Parkway and Texas 161 to the North Texas Tollway Authority are on course to meet a Feb. 28 deadline, but some Dallas-Fort Worth officials […]

TURF releases Voter Guide on transportation issues today

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

IMMEDIATE RELEASE TURF releases primary election Voter Guide (Tuesday, February 16, 2010) Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom released its primary election Voter Guide today. The Guide reflects the candidatesʼ positions on transportation issues like the best way to fund roads as well as positions on toll roads, public private partnerships (where private corporations gain […]

Nichols: Redirect state vehicle sales tax back to funding roads

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Link to article here. Now on this idea, we can agree with Senator Robert Nichols. End ALL diversions NOW! This TxDOT idea might make too much sense to happen Ben Wear, Austin American Statesman Sunday, Feb. 14, 2010 Scan the Texas State Directory and you won’t see very many engineers among the 181 members of the Legislature. […]

Grassroots hail Adkisson’s anti-toll leadership

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Link to article slamming Adkisson here. Op/Ed on Express-News attack of Good Guy Tommy Adkisson By Terri Hall Your editorial attacking the leadership of Commissioner Tommy Adkisson couldn’t be more off-base. Adkisson has jumped-in to defend the disenfranchised in our community by LEADING the way in keeping our freeways toll-free. When thousands of San Antonians […]

Toll agency lawyer disbarred

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Link to article here. Nielson is a prime example of the revolving door syndrome that dominates transportation/toll issues. He’s not unlike former State Rep. Mike Krusee who nows lobbies his ex-colleagues for big bucks. These guys just get recycled from one job to the next, using their connections from elected office to exploit taxpayers… Toll […]

Shami in debate: “Forget about toll roads”

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Link to article here. White, Shami spar on death penalty, gas tax in Texas Democratic governor debate 11:37 PM CST on Monday, February 8, 2010 By ROBERT T. GARRETT / The Dallas Morning News FORT WORTH – The two main Democratic candidates for governor clashed on the death penalty, increasing the gasoline tax and […]

More pork with gas taxes, this time for “Office of livable communities”

Monday, February 8th, 2010

Link to article here. This publication is geared for truckers, but it reveals $500 million in further diversions of our gas taxes that have nothing to do with transportation. Highway tax dollars for ‘livable communities’ Landline Magazine February 2, 2010 What exactly are “livable communities,” and how much do they cost? If you’re a highway […]


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