Strayhorn Camp Says Texas Needs Leadership And New Direction

Despite his assertion to the contrary, Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Department of Transportation has more than enough money to address transportation needs without giving hundreds of thousands of acres of the state to a foreign company and charging drivers tolls, his principle opponent’s campaign said today.

“Perry says the billions and billions and billions of dollars he has to build new roads are not enough,” said Mark Sanders, spokesman for Independent Candidate for Governor Carole Keeton Strayhorn. “It may sound like chump change to him, but Carole knows with real leadership that sets clear priorities we have ample resources to fix our roads. Perry needs to tell Texans the truth.

“This biennium, TxDOT has $15.2 BILLION to spend – up from $7 billion before Perry was promoted to Governor,” Sanders said. “That is a whopping $8.2 billion more – a 117 percent increase. If the Governor can’t figure out how to build freeways with that kind of cash, we need a new governor.

Strayhorn has pointed to $4 BILLION in Texas Mobility Bonds, $3 BILLION in revenue bonds, increased federal dollars and increased tax collection at the state level to build freeways.
“With Carole’s leadership, that money will be spent on common sense projects like expanding IH 35 using existing right of ways, implementing the Ports to Plains plan to ease congestion, and increasing telecommuting,” Sanders said. “Two of those real-world solutions were vetted by TxDOT in 1999 and 2001. Those are realistic solutions to a real problem, not pie-in-the-sky plans that give half-a-million acres of Texas away to a foreign company to builds toll roads and reap profits from hard-earned dollars of Texans.”

“Rick seems to be more interested in taking care of the special interests than listening to the people of Texas,” Sanders said. “He is ignoring Texans, particularly the farmers and ranchers who overwhelmingly oppose his Trans Texas Corridor.”

Sanders said Strayhorn’s plan to appoint an inspector general and ombudsman to oversee TxDOT will help the agency spend the billions it has wisely and get the agency back in touch with the people it is supposed to be serving

“It’s time to change the status quo at the Texas Department of Transportation and put the people back in charge, not the special interests. Under Carole’s leadership, that is exactly what will happen,” Sanders said.

“Why do you believe, as Carole Keeton Strayhorn does, that Rick Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor must be stopped?”
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0 Replies to “TxDOT FLUSH WITH CASH!”

  1. Esteban Erik Stipnieks

    Terri Terri Terri, don’t you realize you are bringing relevant facts to this argument. Even at the workshop at UTSA on Tuesday they claimed the short fall. I was there. You mean to tell me my public officials lied again.

    They also claimed that having vehicles that pollute more idling at stoplights while those newwer vehicles zipping along at their most efficent speeds is good for pollution and particualrly the San Antonio Ozone problem.

    Finally they also claimed that the area of Sea World will have a radical population growth. If you have not been to that neighborhood you can see that large skyscrapers are not an option and never mind the fact the once problem child of Busch Entertainmetn Corp has decided to write its own history this year. Also well thanks to the beloved folks and park guests the season is being extended and a new ride is under constructon. They said the map is current to 1998. I noted the park had been there since 1988. Such facts are inconvienent to goverment officials who want bigger budgets and more of the money that we work so hard for. As a result TEX DOTs record money surplus and other facts that would make compelling arguments against toll roads are to be ignored.

  2. David Ramos

    Why am I not surprised at the vast amount of $$$ “in reserve” by TXDOT? I believe that once again, the issue of toll roads (and TTC-35) do not center on efficient transportation solutions (and/or lack of traditional gas tax revenue), but rather on lining the pockets of the very toll-construction lobby that is contributing to Perry’s campaign coffers.

    I hope the rest of the voters who show up in November remember this !!!

    Dave R.

  3. Glenda Moyes

    I agree with Comptroller Strayhorn. Gov. Perry is NOT a good governor and must be replaced. I am voting for Strayhorn.

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