14 July 2006 at 10:09:27 AM
When you read through this, you'll see that the a lot of the politicos aren't actually against TTC, they're against the road as defined by the TTC because they want it to be in THEIR backyard. In this, they are against both their Republican AND Democrat consitutuents.
Along with current elected officials, GOP party leaders in the county as well as several Democratic candidates added their issues with the giant toll road.
“As the chair of the Republican party in Ellis County I hear quite a bit of feedback from the area,” Rusty Ballard said. “We had the Super Collider. We battled the bullet train. And what was achieved by this was a waste of tax dollars.”
Ballard said that the American Civil Engineers recently gave the American highway dystem a grade of D- and suggested the money be spent on improving the current highway system before expanding it.
“I’d also like to mention that Saturday, June 3, 2006, at the Republican Party Convention the party reaffirmed our position against the TTC because there are issues with the taking of land. We urged the legislature to repeal the TTC. There are too many concerns and until we can get answers we don’t need to move forward.”
David Honeycutt, a GOP precinct chair, added that the party also voted in 2004 to have HB 3538 rescinded, the legislation authorizing the TTC.
“We oppose toll roads being created from previously free roads,” Honeycutt said. “TxDOT has refused to release all documentation on the TTC and I urge you to recognize you have a moral and ethical reason to do so. And recognize that until you do, you are going against the platform of the majority party of the state of Texas.”...
With Republicans coming out against the Gov. Rick Perry plan, state Rep. District 10 candidate Kerry Horn used the situation to point a finger at the governor and the GOP leadership.
“It’s sad for me to be here today to have to defend Texas from Texans,” Horn said. “TxDOT has done a beautiful job of putting lipstick on a pig. But it didn’t create it. The same people who said the Superconducting Super Collider was going to help us - trust us; the people who said utility deregulation would save us money - trust us; these things have been brought to us by the leadership of the majority party of Texas. And unlike my political opponent, I don’t support it from the Valley to the Waco, let alone from Waco to where it splits from Interstate 35. This is still a pig even if you put the lipstick on it.”
Democratic candidate for Agriculture commissioner, Hank Gilbert, also added his concerns.
“I am here as a representative of agriculture,” Gilbert said. “This is about everybody’s quality of life. You can’t put a price tag on it. The cost on family farms is priceless. You’re talking about putting a major highway over quality farm land. All this will benefit is the governments of Mexico and Canada and South America. I would like to know if the same time and money was used examining our current roads. Eminent domain in my part of the state and where I grew up means you better have a bigger gun than I do. This will be detrimental to rural Texas. I believe in democracy. Both political parties have denounced this. Talk to your elected officials. Look them in the eye and ask them where they stand on the issue. If they don’t disagree with the plan vote them out of office.”
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