Texas for Sale: Lawmaker seeks to hand TX roads to foreign entities

Rep. Larry Phillips’ bill, HB 3391, is up for a hearing Tuesday, March 26, in the House Transportation Committee that would give TxDOT and toll authorities a BLANK CHECK to enter into TRANS TEXAS CORRIDOR-style toll contracts that hand control of at least 26 Texas roads every two years until 2017 to private, even foreign, corporations in sweetheart deals for a HALF CENTURY. The bill expands these public private partnerships (P3s) to RAIL, too!

More info on these controversial contracts here.

We need YOU to oppose this bill.

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URGENT ACTION ITEM
We need YOU to do one of the following:

1) Attend the House Transportation Committee hearing Tuesday, March 26 (Rm. E2.012 – starts at 8 AM, but likely won’t be heard until the afternoon) to testify against this horrible bill that will cost Texas commuters 75 cents a mile to use our public roads;

OR

2) If you can’t stay to testify, register against the bill at the Capitol (register AGAINST the bill on the i-Pad looking kiosks outside committee rooms);

OR

3) Call the House Transportation Committee member (Capitol Switchboard is 512-463-4630) closest to your city and tell them to vote ‘No on HB 3391’ (more talking points below)

Rep. Larry Phillips (Sherman-Denison/Grayson Cty area) – 512-463-0297
Rep. George Lavender (East Texas) – 512-463-0692
Rep. Allen Fletcher (Houston) – 512-463-0661
Rep. Debbie Riddle (Houston) – 512-463-0572
Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (Irving/North Texas) – 512-463-0641
Rep. Yvonne Davis (Dallas) – 512-463-0598
Rep. Cindy Burkett (Mesquite/North Texas) – 512-463-0464
Rep. Ruth McClendon (San Antonio) – 512-463-0708
Rep. Joe Pickett (El Paso) – 512-463-0596
Rep. Mando Martinez (Hidalgo County/the Rio Grande Valley) – 512-463-0530
Rep. Robert Guerra (Hidalgo County/the Rio Grande Valley) – 512-463-0578

AND

EMAIL the entire House Transportation Committee in one click here: house_hc@texasturf.org

Tell them: “Vote ‘No’ on HB 3391. We do not want you to hand Texas roads to private corporations who extract exorbitant toll rates (75 cents/mile) from commuters just to get to work. Texas roads belong to Texans. It’s anti-liberty and un-Texan to hand our state sovereignty over public infrastructure to private, even foreign, entities for a HALF CENTURY in sweetheart deals that guarantee profits & congestion on free routes. We don’t want this authority to extend to RAIL boondoggles either!”

SPECIAL NOTE: Be sure to include your full name, address, and phone.

http://www.texasturf.org/

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