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May 12, 2009

Bubbleheaded Legislation in Texas, pay as u go!

Filed under: My Posts — thearizonasentinel @ 3:36 pm

Just when we thought Texas had their act together, some dam fool in the texas legislature comes up with a bill that is nothing short of treason. These idiots in Texas have come up with “pay as you go”, legislation, what happened to the taxes that are put on to fuel sales???????,

ep our FREEways toll-free!
St’renamed’ TTC!
Quick Links…

San Antonio Toll Party
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Other Resources:
FixGRIDLOCK.com <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102577670100&amp;s=4329&amp;e=001BP99BZ8gelvjPjYWZth75VOJKIpyyLFOn7qgVoIylSNNBydY0kewj9CoTiDoed60KJ2Vq63xDHKgQEb-mZ575KXKOPjYntJB8tp77fiX6JY1PsKRyfIqSA==&gt;
Texas TURF site
281 Overpasses Now!
Truth Be Tolled

House votes to sell our highways to the highest bidder & put EVERY mile you drive under the control of foreign, private corporations!
URGENT ACTION ITEMS BELOW!

HOUSE ENDS MORATORIUM,
VOTES TO SELL HIGHWAYS
TO HIGHEST BIDDER
Amendment #134 that re-authorized private toll contracts (or CDAs) was slipped into HB 300 on Friday, without a record vote, when many members were not on the floor. Texans cried foul and instead of REPEAL the amendment today, they RE-AUTHORIZED it again without a RECORD VOTE so they wouldn’t have to go ON THE RECORD so that the people of Texas can hold them accountable. So if that’s the way they want it, they can all hang together! Even our good guys did not vote in opposition or request a record vote.

UNDERHANDED DIRTY TRICKS
First, during floor debate last Thursday, House Transportation Committee Chairman Joe Pickett added an amendment to the REPEAL of the Trans Texas Corridor amendment that would have UNDONE the repeal. Pickett actually had the unmitigated gall to say his amendment to UNDO the repeal of the TTC was “acceptable to the author” (Rep. Leibowitz) when in fact it was a sneaky trick to UNDO the repeal of the TTC. Thankfully, they caught it in time and moved to strip Pickett’s diabolical amendment and again REPEAL the Trans Texas Corridor.

Then, when the Larry Phillips amendment was snuck into the bill Friday, it created a NEW chapter of the code that referenced the Trans Texas Corridor and chapter 227 and threatened the repeal of the corridor once again, and it also extended CDA authority to ALL toll project entities, which has NEVER been debated either in committee or on the floor for HB 300. Are you getting the idea that the lobbyists and the foreign toll corporations are having their way with our elected officials who REFUSE to listen to the will of Texans and nix these CDAs?

Author Rep. Carl Isett said NO funding mechanism/issues would be included in the Sunset bill and he told members the CDA discussion was going to happen in committee this week, not in the Sunset bill, only to allow Phillips’ amendment into the bill under the radar Friday and again today. Does it surprise you to have yet another politician LIE to the people of Texas?

As you read above, instead of right this OUTRAGEOUS wrong, they voted for it, again without a record vote.

This is no way to enact some of the most important legislation of the session. It impacts EVERY Texan.  Let them hear your OUTRAGE NOW!

Now the Senate will pass their Sunset bill, guaranteed to be loaded with anti-taxpayer, anti-Texan, pro-privatization provisions,  which will differ from the House bill and then it will go to conference committee. What ends up in this bill comes down to 10 people, the 5 conferees from the pro-CDA, pro-toll Senate in the hip pocket of this Governor and the highway lobby, and 5 from the wobbly-kneed, weak Texas House. The Speaker of the House is from anti-toll San Antonio and has done little to represent the people from his own district , much less the PEOPLE of Texas.

Senators to the PEOPLE: “You won’t get your amendments”…
The REAL fight will be in the Senate where Senator John Carona told me pointblank at the beginning of the session that we the people would NOT get elected leadership at TxDOT, period! He also rammed private toll contracts (CDAs) through the Senate. In addition, SenatorRobert Nichols told me that only HIS loophole-laden version of the bill dealing with tolling existing roads would pass this session.

What’s at stake…
So get those phones ringing and keep them ringing! If we don’t KILL CDAs, foreign corporations will have the power to control EVERY MILE WE DRIVE for a half century at a time! The deals already in the works will cost the average commuter 75 cents a mile and over $3,000 a YEAR in new toll taxes. If we don’t GET a REAL ban on tolling existing highways and get stuck with Nichols’ loopholes, our freeways will be converted to tollways unabated!
URGENT ACTION ITEMS
CALL NOW!
Let them hear YOUR ROAR!

1) Call Speaker Joe Straus at (512) 463-1000 (or email craig.chick@speaker.state.tx.us) and tell him to appoint conference committee conferees that represent the PEOPLE of Texas, not Cintra, not the highway lobby!

This directly impacts Speaker Straus’ district. Let him hear from YOU NOW!

2)  Call your state senator and your state representative and tell them we will NOT accept their cow dung in order to get our good amendments!

Repeat this message…

1) No private toll contracts that sell our highways to foreign corporations (strip Phillips sneaky amendment to extend these contracts that end the moratorium!)
2) YES to Leibowitz’ version of BAN on tolling existing roads (freeway to tollway conversions, a HUGE double tax rip-off)
3) No Trans Texas Corridor
4) YES to elected leadership at TxDOT

Find your state legislators here… <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102577670100&amp;s=4329&amp;e=001BP99BZ8geluMTj7q4KA8_sLBAU1gse2N_phJdU4f_I0M3R0wQmllLbIeFc6I6vo7Un5lVhevmaEDgqLLbkfN7T5JmtxdzTa4sH62cWwi-mfCTZXLrz5xMQmulS8UkgU7VF0Qg9X7U_3Y68SK1vtVlu_rDgc5e-nKmu7yjXkgj6TkbjUOU0LCILgHJFMNXgZixQDZ&gt;

Call the Capitol switchboard (512) 463-4630 between 8 AM – 5 PM. To reach your legislators after 5 pm or over the weekend, get his/her direct phone numbers here… <http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?et=1102577670100&amp;s=4329&amp;e=001BP99BZ8geluMTj7q4KA8_sLBAU1gse2N_phJdU4f_I0M3R0wQmllLbIeFc6I6vo7Un5lVhevmaEDgqLLbkfN7T5JmtxdzTa4sH62cWwi-mfCTZXLrz5xMQmulS8UkgU7VF0Qg9X7U_3Y68SK1vtVlu_rDgc5e-nKmu7yjXkgj6TkbjUOU0LCILgHJFMNXgZixQDZ&gt;

You can also email your state legislators by using this formula:

Plug in the name of your STATE Representative to: firstname.lastname@house.state.tx.us

Plug in the name of your STATE Senator to:
firstname.lastname@senate.state.tx.us

But at this stage of the game,
PHONE CALLS ARE BETTER!

–Terri
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