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Archive for April, 2010

NJ: Rest stops, toilets closed on freeways, remain open on toll roads

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Link to article here. Christie Shuts Toilets on Free New Jersey Roads to Save Money By Dunstan McNichol April 22, 2010 Businessweek April 22 (Bloomberg) — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to shut the last two rest-stop bathrooms on non-toll roads in the most densely populated U.S. state after this year to save $270,000. […]

Forbes: Toll roads prohibit China from benefiting from its highway system

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Link to article here. The Cost Of Driving In China Toll roads prohibit the nation from enjoying the economic benefits of its vast highway network. Paul Midler 04.20.10 Forbes.com HONG KONG – China will spend $300 billion on high-speed rail lines over the next 20 years. The world has seen nothing like it, and China-watchers […]

Over 300 properties to be condemned for 290E toll project

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Link to article here. For anyone who still thinks toll roads don’t impact private property rights, think again. Here’s proof positive that an unnecessarily wide road expansion comes into play whenever TxDOT plans to toll existing roads. It must leave as many non-toll lanes as exist before the reconstruction. So most toll roads being done […]

PA State Auditor blasts Turnpike Authority for “gambling” with taxpayer money

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

Link to article here. Remember this is written by a toll road industry advocate, so the tone is pro-toll. It’s enlightening as to the financial chicanery being played with taxpayer money regarding interest rate swapping and other tricks with public debt that are not only risky, they’re downright malfeasance! State auditor hits Penn Pike for […]

Tea Parties bring critical mass to fiscal issues

Monday, April 19th, 2010

TURF speaks to Dallas Tea Party By Terri Hall San Antonio Express-News blog April 19, 2010 Though much maligned in the press, the Tea Party movement has the potential to bring much-needed attention to a host of fiscal issues that, if left unchecked, threaten to bankrupt the country. I was invited to speak at the […]

Perry breaks state law, fails to report stimulus money

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Link to article here. Perry accepted $2 billion in stimulus money for road projects, 70% of which was slated to go to toll projects in a massive TRIPLE TAX scheme (gas tax, federal taxes to pay for stimulus, then another toll tax to use the road). It’s inexplicable that anyone would call this man a […]

Goldman Sachs accused of defrauding investors

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Link to article here. Goldman Sachs has been a key player in advising governments as well as private investors on infrastructure/toll road deals called public private partnerships. They’re instrumental in many deals in Texas and have swarmed our highway department, infecting them with their fraudulent schemes that exploit taxpayers. Perhaps if justice is truly served […]

New diversion of road tax discovered, citizens demand end to diversions

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Link to article here. Anti Toll Groups Would Back Gas Tax Increase but only if ‘diversions’ from gas tax fund are ended By Jim Forsyth Friday, April 16, 2010 Leaders of the anti toll road movement in Texas are quietly notifying state lawmakers that they would support an increase in the state gasoline tax as […]

SHAKEDOWN: Blagojevich bribed road contractors on Illinois toll project

Sunday, April 18th, 2010

Link to article here. WARNING: There is some profanity contained in this article. Blagojevich uses some profane words when speaking about his plans to extort money from road contractors in exchange for building a much bigger toll project (went from $1.8 billion to a $5 billion project). Illinois Tollway in clear in Blagojevich corruption case […]

Dixon: We need principled road policy

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Link to article here. Mr. Dixon has been a stalwart supporter of the cause for many years. He’s sacrificed more hours than we can count in Austin advocating for taxpayers on transportation issues. This article was also published in the Lone Star Report. It hits the nail on the head of how we move forward… […]

   
   

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