Can you smell VICTORY? Moratorium on private toll road deals is on its way to becoming law

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE March 15, 2007: Krusee tells Texas Observer HB 2772 will get a hearing (read it here)!
VICTORY WITHIN REACH! (March 14, 2007):

Speaker Craddick, thanks to your phone calls, has assigned HB 2772, that puts a two year moratorium on private toll road contracts called CDAs, to the Transportation Committee for a hearing. He could have bottled up the bill as has been done before at the bidding of the Governor, but THANKS TO YOU, he didn’t.

After a hard fought battle by YOU, the grassroots, we’re closer than ever to actually STOPPING what TxDOT has arrogantly been saying “is a done deal.” Goes to prove, there is no law that cannot be undone, and the Legislature is wisely wishing to undo their “past sins” and give themselves and the taxpayers a “do over.” It was my privilege to be all over the State Capitol talking to our representatives to garner support for HB 2772 and testifying in committees to push for needed reforms ON THE VERY DAY CRADDICK DECIDES NOT TO STALL THE BILL AND SEND IT COMMITTEE!

How exciting and refreshing to be a part of citizen driven public policy! This is the best synopsis, so rather than attempt to tell it, read the good news and git the skinny here.

Time to turn up the heat on House Transportation Chair, pro-toll, pro-Perry agenda, best friend of the highway lobby, “I barely won re-election due to being pro-toll” Mike Krusee who could REFUSE to give HB 2772 a hearing and make the bill die in committee. Take nothing for granted, do NOT STOP THE PRESSURE and CALLS to REPS until this bill becomes law (7 San Antonio reps still have yet to officially sign-on, we still need to reach 100 to be able to override a Perry veto)!

Also, contact Chair Mike Krusee right away at and (512) 463-0670. One person should NEVER have the power to thwart 93 elected State Representatives and 81% of the State Senate!

0 Replies to “Can you smell VICTORY? Moratorium on private toll road deals is on its way to becoming law”

  1. Sal Costello

    If your Representative has not yet signed onto the bill we need you to redouble your efforts to help encourage them. Ask your friends and family to contact their Representatives today if they have not signed on.

    Capitol ScoreCard:

    If your Representative has signed on, please turn your attention to Speaker Craddock and tell his office to put the bill up right away. Call Speaker Craddick’s Office at 512.463.1000

    Sal Costello

  2. Sam Flenner

    I represent the Hoosier Environmental Council in Indiana. We are part of the coalition that is opposing privatization in Indiana. We must vigilantly oppose privatization boondoggles at every step.

    Your news is eternally inspiring. Thank you.

    Sam Flenner

  3. Andy Kenagy

    Just spoke with Rep. Corte’s Austin office (3/15, 4:40 pm). The staffer I spoke to was quite courteous when I asked when Rep. Corte was going to sign on in support of HB 2772. She told me that Rep. Corte will vote for the measure when it comes up and asked me if I want the bill passed or just for Rep. Corte to sign up in support. I told her both, that we look to Rep. Corte for leadership and now is the time for him to strap on his military bearing and step up and sign on to the bill.

    I also told the staffer that her reply that Rep. Corte would vote for the bill but not sign on as a supporter was not very encouraging. I asked if Rep. Corte was afraid of something and she replied. “No.”

    So, let’s keep the pressure on our representatives and senators and continue to send supportive messages to Speaker Craddick, Senator Carona, and the others who are trying to yank back the leash on an out of control Governor and TxDOT!

  4. Mae B. Kelly

    “Don’t mess with Texas”; We do not need any other state or any foreign government in control of our land. This is our state.

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