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East Texas Legislators Merritt, Hughes and Eltife Think Increasing the Gas Tax Better than Trans Texas Corridor
 


7 January 2007 at 8:18:41 PM
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Good to hear.

According to www.keeptexasmoving.com, plans call for the corridor to be completed in phases over the next 50 years with routes prioritized according to the state's needs. The Texas Department of Transportation would oversee planning, construction and ongoing maintenance, but private vendors would be responsible for much of the daily operations.

It is that last phrase that has East Texas legislators flashing caution lights. Reps. Tommy Merritt and Bryan Hughes and Sen. Kevin Eltife have voiced support for increasing the state's gasoline tax rather than tolling and privatization to pay for future highway infrastructure improvements. Texas' gas tax rate is 20 cents per gallon


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