July 12, 2008

Tolls and polls

  • EOW has the deets on the Lyceum poll that asked about transportation funding. So does the Chron. The gist? We apparently know that we need roads. We apparently also know that we don't want to pay for them. EOW has some good suggestions on how to poll this issue to get an accurate assessment. Here's mine:

    Would you rather pay 15 CENTS PER MILE for your roads or 15 CENTS PER GALLON with the assumption that your car (or truck) gets at least 15 MILES PER GALLON? There are NO other options under Texas law.


    THAT'S the reality, boys and girls. We're going to pay one way or another and giving the poll respondents the option to basically say NO to both proposals is a cop out. There is no magic bullet and it's time the electorate realized that. Ben Wear has more over at the Statesman. Here's the deal, Lege, raise the gas tax and explain why. And then beat the shit out of anyone who doesn't fall into line.

  • Vince has more about TXDOT's continued efforts to privatize transportation infrastructure in the state, despite what the Legislature and Texans want. The best part? He managed to tie it in with John Cornyn's US funded highway... in Mexico. Yes, that's right. John Cornyn wants to spend your tax dollars to build roads in Mexico.

    This wouldn't be a big deal if WE WERE FLUSH WITH CASH AND DIDN'T BADLY NEED ROADS OURSELVES.

  • TURF has a nice piece about the Republican Party of Texas' move to override their delegates and put a heavily pro-toll and pro-privatization plank in their platform. The Democrats? We support a ban on tolling.

    Some of you Republicans and Independents need to realize that you're on the wrong damn side

  • Posted by mcblogger at July 12, 2008 10:38 AM

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