Monday, April 15, 2013
UPDATE: Fleming said after the news conference that Judson wasn’t part of it, but simply was in the room. He didn’t speak at the news conference — not everyone there spoke — but we talked afterward. Ms. Fleming said the other advocates there don’t support any increase in the gas tax and vehicle registration fees. Continue reading
by Chris Hooks, published in The Texas Tribune
With large-scale financing plans for transportation and water in the air, Tea Party activists cracked the whip at a Capitol news conference Monday, strongly criticizing officeholders’ proposals for those and other projects.
Three days after Gov. Rick Perry raised the possibility of a number of new revenue streams for transportation funding, including the issuing of 100-year bonds to pay for road construction, members of Texas Tea Parties gathered to warn legislators about caving on conservative principles. Continue reading
Below is a message sent by JoAnn Fleming, Grassroots America–We the People. You will most likely discover things about the smoke and mirrors used in Austin to “balance” the budget, as is constitutionally mandated in Texas. Please pass this message on to your friends, co-workers and families. It’s time that our elected officials in Austin stop acting like they have a Washington, D.C. address and bring our great State of Texas back to a financially-sound state. You are paying higher taxes than you think! Call and write your State Representatives, Senators, Governor, and Lt. Governor and let them know that you aren’t fooled by their tactics and that it is time to address our state debt in a MEANINGFUL way — the future of our state, our children and grandchildren depend on it! Continue reading
Posted in Action Alert, Budget, Call to Action, Citizen Lobbyist, Double Taxation, Economy, Texas, Texas Independence, Toll Road, TURF, TxDOT
Perry, Dewhurst, Straus all promised to end diversions this session
(Austin, TX, March 25, 2013) – Texas Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Speaker Joe Straus, and House and Senate budget writers have so far failed to end diversions from the gas tax and help fix the structural road funding shortfall in the budgets passed last week. Perry, Dewhurst, and Straus all promised to end diversions of the gas tax in an effort to enact truth in budgeting — to ensure taxes collected for a specific purpose actually go to fund that purpose. Continue reading
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! Continue reading
Calling all grassroots conservatives in Texas! Sound the alarm! There’s trouble brewing in Austin. The “Kings of Texas” are coming for your liberty and your wallets! Continue reading
By Suezette Griffin
The 288 Planning Meeting scheduled for Thursday night at Berry Rose School was moderately attended. Although there are obviously important issues to be considered by commuters in our area there were only four citizens who signed up to speak.