December 30, 2007

So sad to see you go...

Ric Williamson, Chair of the Texas Transportation Commission, died last night of a heart attack. He will, no doubt, be missed by friends and family.

I am not among them.

In point of fact, most Texans who stand adamantly opposed to the plans he helped advance, like tuition deregulation and infrastructure privatization, will be happy he no longer serves on the Commission. While we would have preferred his exit be through a letter of resignation, his departure removes a serious and malevolent obstacle from the TTC. Hopefully now we can have a true, honest and open discussion about transportation finance. One that creates real, long lasting solutions that don't leave the citizens of this great state in the slow lane.

Burka points out that he had an 'inventive' mind. Inventiveness can be used for bad or good and what Burka refers to as inventive was in large part a singular fixation on privatization to the benefit of foreign interests and at the expense of the people of the State of Texas.

Speculation now turns to whom 39% will appoint as Williamson's replacement. I've talked to a number of people today who feel it will be none other than Rep. Mike Krusee which would set up a special election in HD 52. With Krusee as Chair, we should not expect any substantial policy changes which means the fight against privatization and for rational solutions will continue unabated.

Posted by mcblogger at December 30, 2007 02:51 PM

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I am about to pay out my butt for college education for my daughter.

I wish I knew Williamson was responsible for this so I could have kicked his ass before he fuckin died.

Chicken shit bastard.

Posted by: johncoby [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 30, 2007 08:57 PM

On the positive side of all this, the toll ferry across the River Styx is now accepting Tex Tag.

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at December 30, 2007 09:50 PM

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