Texas road and transportation funding "in crisis"
POSTED: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 10:12am
UPDATED: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 6:21pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas lawmakers say funding for state
transportation projects are headed for a crisis as state taxpayers
face the prospect of paying more to repay debt for past road
construction than to build new highways.
The gasoline tax for road maintenance and construction hasn't
increase in 20 years, and more fuel-efficient vehicles means its
proceeds have been falling since 2008.
Legislative leaders say the situation is complicated by the lack
of awareness most Texans have of the problem.
State Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands and chairman of the
Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee, states it
simply: The state will soon have no money to build roads.
Furthermore, leaders say raising the gasoline tax isn't a realistic
option for several reasons, including Gov. Rick Perry's
Information from: San Antonio Express-News,
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