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More than 200 turn out for the
“Don’t Mess With Texas FREEways” Rally!

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More than 200 citizens say: “Don’t Mess With Texas FREEways”


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San Antonio, TX, January 21, 2006 – More than 200 concerned citizens opposed to Governor Perry’s tolling of existing freeways and the Trans Texas Corridor braved the cold weather and united under the banner of SATollParty.com for a rally at the Ancira Jeep Dealership on US 281 North today. Supporters converged in San Antonio to voice objections to the conversion of free state highways and interstates into toll roads. Attendees represented residents from at least 13 different counties rural and urban alike.

Speakers included Gubernatorial candidate Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Gubernatorial candidate Chris Bell, Attorney General candidate David Van Os, State Senate candidate for District 18 and CorridorWatch.org Founder, David Stall, candidate for State Representative for District 52 Barbara Samuelson, candidate for State Representative for District 122, Larry Stallings, Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, the successful Comal County “Enough is Enough” Tax Rollback Campaign Leader and newspaper publisher Douglas Kirk, State Civil Rights Director for LULAC Henry Rodriguez, and Bexar County Homeowners Taxpayer Association President Bob Martin.

Also in attendance were candidate for State Representative for District 73 Nathan Macias, Bulverde City Councilwomen, Cindy Cross and Robin Urbanovsky, and candidate for Comal County Judge Pete Garcia.

“Texans want a highway system that’s free from corruption, free from conflicts of interest, and free from personal profiteering. Texas property belongs to Texans not foreign companies,” declared a charismatic and energized Gubernatorial candidate Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn.

Strayhorn explained that a concerned citizen told her staff that the Department of Transportation is going to do whatever the hell they want to. And she gives this reply, “I stand here in Bexar County today to tell you that as your next Governor, as long as there’s breath in Carole Keeton Strayhorn’s lungs, you will have a new Governor, a strong voice in Austin, and TxDOT will NOT do whatever the hell they want to.”

“As we’re seeing nationally with the Abramoff scandal, our very Democracy has been hijacked by lobbyists and corporate insiders who yield more influence over our government than the governed,” declared Terri Hall, Regional Director SATollParty.com.

“Ordinary citizens have to get organized and band together to beat back the grip of special interest lobbyists that threaten our representative government. The highway lobby thought they could catch us all asleep at the wheel, but instead they’ve awakened a sleeping giant who is shining the light on their backroom deals that sell out the public interest for private gain of the select few,” said Hall.

“I’m sick and tired of self-dealing, insider cliques stealing self-government from the people for their private enrichment. That’s the only thing this toll wreck plan represents,” says attorney David Van Os, candidate for Texas Attorney General whose campaign is built on being the people’s advocate, not another arm of corporate cronyism.

“There’s clearly a disconnect between the grassroots and the political elites of both parties. When the Governor sends out his Transportation Commission Chairman Ric Williamson saying things like, ‘In your lifetime most existing roads will have tolls,’ it’s no wonder there’s wholesale, widespread opposition to Perry’s statewide toll mandate,” Hall notes. “When something as fundamental as our freedom of mobility is at stake, the taxpayers have a right to vote on their own self-determination. Not only are we being denied a vote, our limited public assets, like freeways, are being sold to private interests to control for profit. This is a dangerous trend that goes beyond tolls; it’s time to take our government back!”

Comal County “Enough is Enough” Tax Rollback Campaign Leader and newspaper publisher Douglas Kirk believes “that the tax rollback campaign and the toll issue are just the beginning of a statewide tax revolt in which the owners of government are busy throwing elected officials out of office and making necessary personnel changes.”

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2 Responses to “More than 200 turn out for the
“Don’t Mess With Texas FREEways” Rally!”

  1. EDWARD RICHARDSON Says:

    WHO WILL PAY THE MOST FOR THIS TOLL ROAD? THE MIDDLE CLASS WILL! WE WHO CONSIDER OUR SELVES MIDDLE CLASS WILL PAY THE MOST BECAUSE WE ARE THE ONES WHO USE THE FREEWAYS THE MOST , COMING AND GOING TO WORK EACH AND EVERYDAY. WE PAY HIGH PRICES IN GAS, NOW WE HAVE TO PAY FOR OUR TRIPS TOO. WE FIT THE BILL FOR ALMOST ALL IN THIS STATE, PROPERTY TAX, FOOD, GAS, INSURANCE, HIGHER PRICES IN HOUSE PAYMENTS, AND MORE MAKES IT EVEN HARDER TO LIVE COMFORTABLE. WHY DO WE HAVE TO PAY FOR SOMETHING TWICE. IT\’S LIKE WE CAN\’T GET AHEAD NOW DAYS. YOU HAVE TO STAY MARRIED AND HAVE A TWO INCOME HOME JUST TO SURVIVE, PLUS ALL COSTS THAT ARE ASSOCIATED WITH RAISING YOUR KIDS TO BE SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR LIFE. THEN WE HAVE TO PAY JUST TO GO SHOPPING. TOLL ROADS WILL TAKE AWAY FROM OUR ECONOMICAL GROWTH BECAUSE MORE PEOPLE DON\’T WANT TO PAY A TOLL JUST TO GO ON A DIFFERENT SIDE OF TOWN TO SHOP AT A EXCLUSIVE STORE. IN TEXAS WE HAVE MORE  LANE MILES THAN ANY OTHER STATE, SO WE IN TEXAS WILL HAVE TO PAY MORE THAN ANY OTHER STATE IN TOTAL REVENUE…THAT IS GOING TO MAKE ANOTHER COMPANY RICH WHO IS GOING TO PROFIT OFF A PUBLIC HIGHWAY THAT WE THE TAX PAYERS PAID FOR AND WILL CONTINUE TO PAY FOR. AT LEAST STOP THE GAS TAXES IF WE ARE GOING TO PAY FOR TOLL ROADS!!!!!!

  2. Philip Skoog Says:

    We are in the same private interests who want to put tolls on all of our roads by 2040 in Washington State. The Puget Sound Regional Council is dominated by one person who drives all transportation and road decisions in three counties. Our mayors are timid serfs of the powerful. Why is this?

    It is because we the people have not been paying attention to the powerful lobbyist, consultant, and financial interests that want to double tax and remove all highways from the public trust but leave all risk of default in the public tax payers lap.

    This trend is strongly infulenced by foreign funding sources. It also allows EB5 visa status for a meger 500K loan called bonds. This means the foreign investor gets to live in the USA. While it sounds good on the first reading this situation corrupts projects to an extent that people are going to jail from the misappropriation of the truth.

    We need a nation wide effort to stop the FHWA and others from feeding the tolling with small amounts of federal funds and enabling language in highway protocols.

    This is a serious loss of freedoms and democracy when contracts are negotiated for 75 or more years in secret.

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