Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) called me back about the Trans Texas Corridor


Sid Miller (Texas House District 59) called me back about the Trans Texas Corridor

25 July 2006 at 11:23:00 AM

While he would not definitively say he was against the TTC, he said (paraphrasing)  it was a bad deal that citizens are against and it can be stopped. He said that the key was to have alternative highway legislation that would solve the highway problem they have. I told him that in future any highway legislation that affects citizens should always have public hearings *first* before a vote is taken.

Here's his explanation for why toll roads. In TX the highway fund is tied to the gas tax, which, unlike a sales tax on goods, is not tied to inflation. So it's always so many cents per gallon and that hasn't changed in some time.And legislators are reluctant to raise the gas tax when people are already irate about gas prices. Seemed like a good idea to have more toll roads, where the people who actually drive on the roads pay for them through tolls; that would leave more of the highway money for farm-to-market roads, etc in districts.

What he said he didn't know was the details of this, that Cintra would own the toll road. I told him about the audio of Ric Williamson with some of the North Texas mayors and reps in which Williamson basically said that the impetus for the highway cost was coming from the people driving it, and that Cintra would be deciding, due to profitability, where the road would go. Also, Cintra will have the concessions and can raise the tolls- they are there to MAKE MONEY, not to help the people of Texas.

We agreed that it might be that people who are happy with the TTC simply didn't attend the meetings. I told him I only saw two main types of people that were happy with it that spoke up. One, politicians now in office, particularly from North Texas in the DFW area, that were not thrilled that the route was going to go to the east, and, second type, those who will profit from it.

He also commented on the fact that this is a foreign owned company. I told him that maybe there woudln't be so much anger about this if the American public was still sleeping and didn't realize that the federal government was so hot and heavy to sell off all our infrastructure to foreign companies, including some owned by foreign government.

So he isn't thrilled with the deal, and also said that the legislature messed up, that they aren't perfect and have to go back several times to get it right. Well, folks, THIS is one of those times.

If you haven't called your state legislators about this, do it. Tell them and then GET them on record.

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