Dictator Mr. 39% is predictable in his tyrannical temper tantrums. As promised (the only kind he keeps pertain to transportation and the Trans Texas Corridor), the most unpopular Texas Governor in modern memory vetoed the PEOPLE’S private toll moratorium bill! He said he didn’t veto the HPV vaccine bill since the bill had so much legislative support behind it. Maybe Perry needs some glasses because HB 1892 had the combined support of 166 legislators! He’s either got short term memory loss or he’s a hypocrite.
With his compromise bill SB 792 now also deemed “unacceptable” due to the taxpayer protections put in it by Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, can we expect that bill to die as well? Perry wants Kolkhorst’s amendments struck from the bill before he’ll sign it, which means a moratorium on the Trans Texas Corridor would have no other veto-proof legislative avenues this session.
More to come on how the grassroots plan to UNLEASH VOTER FURY on Perry’s cronies in the Senate…will the Senate have the GUTS to override Perry’s veto now that their “compromise” efforts are likely to fail (if they strike the Trans Texas Corridor moratorium amendment)? Will they stand with the PEOPLE of Texas, or with the special interests pulling Perry Puppet’s strings?
Link to article here.
Gov. Rick Perry, with SB 792 remaining in the limbo of a House-Senate conference committee, this afternoon vetoed HB 1892, the legislation that the Senate bill would supplant.
Perry released this veto message at 4:55 p.m.:
“House Bill No. 1892 jeopardizes billions of dollars of infrastructure investment and invites a potentially significant reduction in federal transportation funding. Projects important to fast-growth communities would be placed on hold without alternative financing mechanisms to get them constructed. Even more egregiously, the bill serves to break up the state highway system by permitting local control over state assets.
“While I support greater local decision-making authority over transportation planning, I do not support turning over state assets to local entities. By allowing local entities to seize state right-of-way at any moment, H.B. No. 1892 prohibits the Texas Department of Transportation’s ability to issue any road-based debt instrument, such as toll revenue bonds, comprehensive development agreements, and pass-through financing deals. As a state that grows by 1,200 people each and every day, we must consider every viable option that will allow Texas to build a strong transportation infrastructure to support present and future growth.
“I am grateful that legislators are working with me in subsequent legislation to address these concerns I have expressed about H.B. No. 1892 and look forward to receiving Senate Bill No. 792 without delay.”