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Money Trail

When it comes to finding the motivation behind the tolling efforts we have to just follow the money trails…

ZACHRY JR, H B – CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD – ZACHRY CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

H B ZACHRY CO/ZACOPAC – Construction Company and PAC

DAWSON JR, MR & MRS EUGENE H – CIVIL ENGINEER with PAPE-DAWSON ENGINEERS

LOEFFLER JONAS & TUGGEY – VIA Board Member

Note: The links in this entry open a new browser window and go to “The Institute On Money In State Politics” web site (followthemoney.org).

11 Responses to “Money Trail”

  1. L. Letterman Says:

    Forget the current $11 Billion state surplus and that $100 Million already earmarked for 281 expansion sits in the TxDOT coffers……even if Texas were broke and required tolling, the State can build and maintain a toll road cheaper than a “for profit” company. This is what governments in general and TxDOT in particular are for…to provide for the common needs. Using taxes and bonds has been THE AMERICAN WAY to finance public schools, roads, bridges, dams and other infrastructure for last 200+ years. It works. It is equitable. It is transparent. Look at the “innovative financing” deal being proposed … follow the money.

  2. Larry Kreitzer Says:

    Be careful! Be AGAINST the New World Order gangsters. Be against the Federal Reserve owners who steal from the American taxpayers. They lend us money to build a strong America only to profit from the interest – THE NATIONAL DEBT. Your income tax money only goes to pay off the interest on this “national debt” – nothing else. See the Aaron Russo (Trading Places, The Rose) movie posted on youTube. “America…From Freedom To Fascism” to see how the ELITE have dubbed us and stolen OUR livelihoods for close to a century! Now they want to OWN the entire world!

  3. Oscar Unger Says:

    Everyday you delay this legislation coming to a vote is a day when my support for you and the Republican Party of Texas diminishes a little more. I strongly urge you to get these bills before the Legislature. Elections are coming and we Texans don’t want toll roads operated by a Spanish company or anybody else – unless those toll roads are bought, built and operated entirely by private enterprise! No public money – enough is enough!

  4. Hugh Caddess Says:

    I would like to know the names and telephone numbers of those Republicans in the Senate who favor toll roads. I think that they need a barrage of telephone calls suggesting that they have their hand in the till of the toll roads.

  5. Edward & Elsa Hauschild Says:

    We\’re in a new era in our country and most regretfully, we\’re consumed by cowardice. Since so few will get involved, the corrupt politicians are starting to take the country by storm. With the country\’s capitol full of corruption, the example has been set as to what caliber of people we have as voters and elected officials.
    What a shame for the honest, decent politician that seeks only good for the country.
    Apathy will allow us to be run over by the thieves and liars.
    Soon it will be too late to take any measure against these hoodlums as they will be in the majority, supported by many of our citizenry out of convenience…………….the path of least resistance………..doing nothing for the common welfare.

    Many do not want to deal with the truth……it\’s too frightening.

  6. j n knight Says:

    If the public cannot have a say about Texas Highways and Toll Roads, then let’s do away with the 20 cents per gallon gasoline State Tax!!!

    Vote No Toll Roads In Texas!!!!!

    J N Knight

  7. R. Becker Says:

    What a sad day for Texas…. And just think I used to really believe it when I said ” Not Texan by birth but I got here as soon as I could.” Well now maybe we should go back to Montana..Where at least the legislators listen to the people, certainly not here in Texas. Guess a Spanish Toll Road company makes as much sense as a Norwegian Tortilla subsidy running all of the tortilla factories from Laredo to the panhandle.. Go figure….I even voted for Perry…….What was I thinking…….Ruth, David, and Nathan…Great job along with the other 16 brave legislators…….Now if we don’t work hard to oust the others…then shame on us….See Perry has nothing to worry about as he can’t run again…..Greed….I wonder who is on the Board of teh Spanish Company….Maybe its Anita herself……or maybe one of the other poilitical buddies does the word KICKBACK mean anything here in Texas????

  8. L. Gallant Says:

    This stuff is not only sad, but scary. I have personally been affected by this legal scam; I had sold a car in Feb. and the new owner apparently drove many times through an “unmarked” toll section which is fully automated (sends you a bill for 60 cents a trip, PLUS a ONE DOLLAR “invoicing fee”! The problem is he didn’t register the car in his name (I suppose) so all these invoices were billed to ME! At first I just ignored them, and each month there was another invoice with AUTOMATIC INVOICE CHARGES for not paying the previous one! After several phone calls and website visits I THINK that it may be solved… I am not sure just yet though… Can you just imagine the nightmares this could cause ordinary double-taxed citizens?
    Or what happens when the “privatized” road design or lack of proper maintenance is blamed for causing one or more fatalites? Who gets sued? Does that risk translate to even higher tolls? Where does it end? ….Incrementalism: a policy or advocacy of a policy of political or social change by degrees : gradualism …. Fasten you seatbelts; it will surely be a bumpy ride!

  9. James Says:

    We are all being taken for IDIOTS by Perry and his sugar pants buddies in TXDOT and the Texas Leg. It is time we stop this insanity, oh and I forgot Bill Thorton and his sugar pants cronies too. Sadly it has infected them all the way down to our sadly illiterate Mayor, and baseball fanatic county Judge! These people blow hot air up our somwheres and then slap us around like we are their minions. I am sick of government screwing me, and screwing my childrens future in this country looks sickly…..

  10. Deborah Doe Says:

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    September 2nd, 2007 at 3:27 pm
    I don’t know why our elected officials don’t want to do what their constituents voted for. All of the people do not want toll roads. And the ones who do have never lived in California to see what happens on them. Here ’s what happens, to the families of the few that can afford them: Mommies and Daddies that can afford to buy that little sticker on the window do so for every car they own so they don’t have to be inconvenienced by pulling off to pay the toll booth. Then one day one of their kids get pulled over for DUI at 2AM , because they see him on camera, but then we find it it wasn’t alcohol it was meth. Then another day one gets pulled over for speeding going 90 miles an hour and has Zanex or librium on their purse, oooh ahh more juicy stuff for us to learn of how malfunctioned all these rich peoples families are. Then mommy gets caught going to meet the coach at the school and daddy hires some big lawyer to prove it because her comings and goings were caught on camera so Mr. Big Lawyer can prove her comings and goings and ups and downs on the highways, then daddy gets busted for going to one of the strip clubs and she files for a divorce, also teenage kids flip there cars and can’t blame it on the deer anymore because we saw it all on tape. If you can get my drift, these roads will even effect the rich, and take away their privacy more than anyone elses. I can’t wait for one of our politicians to get caught on camera with his pants down and has his career ruined by getting arrested for one of these crimes or worse so that we can all say WE TOLD YOU SO! So yea I’m ready for San Antonio Reality TV, so bring on the toll roads, I’m watching you.

  11. Scott Says:

    Below is a letting schedule that was taken from the txdot website.. they dont have the money to fix 281? Looks like they have a plan to take care of a lot of other things..

    TxDOT Construction Letting Schedule
    IMPORTANT NOTICE (FY 2008)

    THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS PROJECTS AUTHORIZED FOR CONSTRUCTION WHICH THE DISTRICTS HAVE INDICATED WILL BE READY FOR LETTING IN FISCAL YEAR 2008.
    STATEWIDE, THE PROJECTS SUBMITTED BY THE DISTRICTS TOTAL APPROXIMATELY $4.6 BILLION. THIS INCLUDES APPROXIMATELY $500 MILLION IN PROJECTS APPROVED BY THE COMMISSION TO BE FUNDED BY LOCAL BOND SALES. THE TOTAL PROJECTED LETTING VOLUME FOR FY 2008 IS APPROXIMATELY $4.1 BILLION.

    THE ESTIMATED LETTING DATES AND PROJECT COSTS FOR THE PROJECTS REFLECTED IN THIS LISTING ARE THE MOST CURRENT AVAILABLE.

    PROJECTS MAY BE ADVANCED OR DELAYED AS DEEMED NECESSARY BY THE DEPARTMENT.

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