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Action Needed on Transportation Funding

Friday, April 24, 2015  
Posted by: Michael Hancock
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CAPITOL REPORT

 

April 24, 2015

ACTION NEEDED ON HIGHWAY FUNDING

The Transportation Committee of the Texas House of Representatives this week approved Senate Joint Resolution 5 and House Joint Resolution 13, making a big step forward in the effort to provide more transportation funding in this legislative session. Both measures dedicate $3 billion in existing state general sales tax revenues to the state highway fund for improvements to free-access, non-tolled projects. They also provide a 2% annual growth factor.

 

As approved by the House committee, both resolutions are the same. SJR 5 was earlier passed by the Senate with a dedication of motor vehicle sales tax revenue, but it was revised to be the same as HJR 13.

 

The resolutions do have a provision under which the dedication of funding would expire in 2026, which we believe this should be removed. Nevertheless, we support the measures.

 

One of these measures (it is not clear which) will almost certainly be put before the House of Representatives for a vote at some point during the next 2-3 weeks. Passage will require a 2/3 vote.

 

Now is the time for ACEC members to contact your state representative by mail or email and ask him (or her) to support SJR 5 and HJR 13. Ask your colleagues and employees do the same. If you are not sure of the name of your state representative, you can go to www.capitol.state.tx.us and enter your address. A sample communication is below, but feel free to use your own words and thoughts.

 

Dear Representative:


Please support SJR 5 and HJR 13, which would provide for a constitutional amendment to dedicate money from the state’s existing general sales tax to transportation.


Last year, Texans overwhelmingly showed their support for additional funding for transportation by passing Proposition 1 with 80% of the vote. But more needs to be done to keep traffic and road conditions from getting worse. Solving these problems will take a growing, sustainable, long-term source of funding.


The passage of SJR 5 or HJR 13 will a big step toward making transportation a priority again. They will create jobs and help our metropolitan areas from becoming even more congested. We encourage your support.

 

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