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Star Telegram: Texas road debt: $23 billion

September 15, 2014, by

Texas has racked up $23 billion in road debt and will spend an estimated $31 billion retiring it over two decades, lawmakers said. That financial burden is a big reason why elected leaders and transportation advocates are pushing for Proposition 1, an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would allow part of Texas’ oil and … Read more

Odessa American: TEXAS VIEW: We must fix the highways

September 4, 2014, by

Texas voters have only one statewide ballot proposition to decide in November, and this one’s an easy call. Proposition 1 would yield billions for Texas roadways without raising taxes a penny. The proposal would tap the spiking tax collections on oil and gas production and use a portion for highways. It wouldn’t solve the road-funding … Read more

The Brownsville Herald: Yes to Prop 1

September 4, 2014, by

Texas lawmakers once prided themselves in their pay-as-you-go philosophy. But bowing to economic pressures of fast growth and political pressures to not raise taxes, we somehow got ourselves turned around. And in the past decade, we have racked up an extraordinary $25 billion debt to fund the building and maintenance of our roads. The result? … Read more

New York Times: Infrastructure Cracks as Los Angeles Defers Repairs

September 3, 2014, by

The scene was apocalyptic: a torrent of water from a ruptured pipe valve bursting through Sunset Boulevard, hurling chunks of asphalt 40 feet into the air as it closed down the celebrated thoroughfare and inundated the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles. By the time emergency crews patched the pipe, 20 million gallons … Read more