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  • Farmers upset over Perry veto of eminent domain bill

    06/18/2007 5:18:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 984+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 18, 2007 | Betsy Blaney (Associated Press)
    LUBBOCK, Texas — One Central Texas farmer said Monday he was "dumbfounded" by Gov. Rick Perry's veto of an eminent domain bill designed to protect landowners when the state wants to take their property. Robert Fleming is not alone in an area worried about the massive Trans Texas Corridor proposal. The planned route cuts through Fleming's Bell County farms. He's bewildered by Perry's veto. "We were so close to getting something done," Fleming said. "We've worked hard trying to get private property rights." Perry vetoed the bill, and 48 others, Friday. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kelo...
  • Commission authorizes more than 80 toll road projects

    06/14/2007 5:38:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 438+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 14, 2007 | Jim Vertuno (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN — Transportation officials on Thursday approved more than 80 toll road projects across the state, many of which probably would use some private financing. State lawmakers recently passed a two-year moratorium on some private toll road contracts. The law still allows local and state planners to move on the new toll projects — with a price range of more than $50 billion — although the rules have changed. Under these projects, local officials would get the first crack at development before the state steps in. And even if privately financed, the government would own and operate the roads and...
  • Perry signs toll road bill

    06/13/2007 7:17:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 819+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | June 12, 2007 | Stephen Palkot
    A bill that places a two-year moratorium on private toll road agreements in Texas was signed by Gov. Rick Perry on Monday. The bill, Senate Bill 792, was pushed by opponents of the Trans Texas Corridor, which is a proposed set of privately-funded toll roads throughout Texas. The final version of the bill represents a compromise between opponents of the TTC and Perry, its main backer. Specifically, the bill prevents the Texas Department of Transportation from entering what are called comprehensive development agreements, or CDAs, which are contracts for private companies to build and profit from toll roads in Texas....
  • Perry signs compromise bill slowing toll road projects

    06/12/2007 8:11:42 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 594+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2007 | R. G. Ratcliffe
    But compromise doesn't affect six projects slated for Harris County AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry on Monday signed legislation that slows down his ambitious plans for building toll roads but does not halt them completely. Perry and the Legislature got into a stare-down last month when lawmakers sent him a bill that put serious restrictions on building toll roads in Texas and constrained policy set by the Texas Transportation Commission, which is run by the governor's appointees. Perry said he would veto the bill and threatened to call a special legislative session if lawmakers did not send him compromise legislation....
  • Lobbyist describes status of toll roads

    06/08/2007 4:16:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 560+ views
    Longview News-Journal ^ | June 8, 2007 | Lauren Thompson
    Hank Gilbert was not impressed with the 80th meeting of the Texas Legislature. Gilbert, a former candidate for agriculture commissioner and Democratic anti-toll road lobbyist, offered his opinions and reported on his efforts, specifically on bills concerning the toll roads, at the Texas Democratic Women of Gregg County's monthly meeting Thursday. "The 80th session probably had some high points," he said of the Democrats' progress. "But I didn't see them; except the raising of the minimum wage to $7.25, which won't go into effect for another two years." Gilbert spoke in detail about Texas House Bill 1892, a piece of...
  • County not happy with I-69's direction

    05/31/2007 8:18:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 756+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | May 28, 2007 | Stephen Palkot
    For years, Fort Bend County officials enthusiastically supported the proposed I-69 highway, which would replace what is now U.S. 59. A promise of added lanes to the highway - and international trade - has been the driving force behind this initiative. Growing discontent over the direction of the project, however, led the county last year to decide against renewing membership with the non-profit, intergovernmental group that is pushing Interstate 69. And recently that same group was dealt a major blow with Harris County's decision to withdraw. County Judge Bob Hebert said the county pulled out not because of disagreement over...
  • Iffy interstate: Harris County pulls out of I-69 Alliance

    05/28/2007 1:14:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 695+ views
    Victoria Advocate ^ | May 28, 2007 | Rebecca Holm
    The future of an interstate planned to run through Victoria appears murkier than ever. Harris County, a key point along the proposed Interstate 69 route, pulled out of the I-69 Alliance in mid-May. In an article in the May 15 Houston Chronicle, Bill Murphy and Rad Sallee wrote that Harris County pulled out of the I-69 Alliance after county commissioners decided too much was spent annually in membership costs. The county hopes that a bill in legislation right now is passed, because it would give them access to build a toll road as part of the Trans-Texas Corridor parallel to...
  • Toll road bill still awaits Perry's signature

    05/29/2007 2:34:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 643+ views
    WFAA ^ | May 29, 2007 | Jake Batsell (Dallas Morning News)
    AUSTIN – Lawmakers broke camp Monday, taking it on faith that Gov. Rick Perry won't slam the brakes on a compromise toll road bill. Monday's session finale came and went without Mr. Perry signing the bill, which imposes a partial two-year freeze on private toll road deals. Lawmakers did not try to override his veto on their initial bill to overhaul the state's toll policies. Many involved in the contentious toll road debate were expecting Mr. Perry to approve the bill by now because his office was closely involved in hammering out the compromise. Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody said the...
  • Editorial: Yellow on toll roads

    05/27/2007 10:41:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 743+ views
    Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | May 27, 2007 | Waco Tribune-Herald
    If anything has approximated unanimity in the 80th Texas Legislature, it is the desire to slow down on toll roads. This has left the state’s biggest proponent of toll roads, Gov. Rick Perry, the odd man out. But he’s still the man with the veto pen. The House and Senate last week overwhelmingly approved a two-year moratorium on most toll roads, including the Trans-Texas Corridor. Lawmakers earlier sent a bill to Perry with toll-road restrictions. He vetoed it, and threatened a special session if he didn’t get a bill he could sign. The bill that emerged reportedly meets his terms....
  • Toll road agreement reached

    05/25/2007 4:01:11 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 663+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 25, 2007 | Ben Wear
    House, Senate passage seem likely The careening vehicle that has been this legislative session's toll road overhaul appeared to pull into the garage about 4:35 p.m. Thursday. At that moment, Republican state Sen. Robert Nichols of Jacksonville, after spending several moments huddling on the floor with Sen. Tommy Williams, sponsor of Senate Bill 792, affixed his signature to a compromise version of the bill, and the two shook hands. "We've got a deal now," Williams, R-The Woodlands, said about an hour later. "This is really going to move transportation issues forward, particularly in large metropolitan areas." The deal was among...
  • Toll-road pact is still in talks

    05/24/2007 10:15:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 566+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | May 24, 2007 | Aman Batheja
    AUSTIN -- Key negotiators were still working Wednesday night to hammer out a compromise version of a toll-road moratorium bill that Gov. Rick Perry won't veto. Earlier Wednesday, Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, said a compromise between the House and Senate versions of a transportation bill had been negotiated, but key House members quickly insisted that a deal had not been reached. The compromise version would require both chambers' approval. Perry vetoed a toll-road moratorium bill last week, citing concerns that it would cost the state federal funding of transportation projects. Different versions of a second moratorium passed both chambers last...
  • TTC Wars: Will Perry’s pet project prevail?

    05/23/2007 3:22:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 493+ views
    Lone Star Times ^ | May 23, 2007 | Rick G
    Paul Burka’s blog has a nice update on the legislative efforts to de-rail Gov. Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor project. It hasn’t been stopped yet (reference to bills are bills to halt the TTC): So here’s where we are. HB 1892, the original bill, has been vetoed. SB 792, Carona’s bill, is in conference committee. The governor’s office, through former senator Ken Armbrister, is trying to round up enough votes in the Senate (11) to block an override of the veto. If he is successful, then the governor holds all the cards. He can veto 792 as well, with the calendar...
  • Toll road foe a powerful force

    05/20/2007 3:00:16 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 881+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | May 19, 2007 | Patrick Driscoll
    In many ways, Terri Hall was on a collision course with Texas toll road policies long before she and her family loaded up their van and drove from California to the Hill Country three years ago. A lifetime of volunteering, a hunger for staying on top of politics, and strong religious and moral convictions helped hone Hall's activist instincts. Her brains, drive, superb speaking skills, engaging personality and wholesome good looks — noted by friends and enemies alike — make Hall especially effective. They help explain why this 37-year-old mother of six is a leading force in a populist assault...
  • With replacement in limbo, Perry vetoes toll bill

    05/19/2007 4:56:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 603+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 19, 2007 | Ben Wear
    Senate rebuffs House changes to SB 792, pushing final action on the tollway overhaul into the session's last week. The Texas Senate declined to accept House changes in a key toll road bill Friday, thus requiring a House and Senate conference committee to craft a compromise version and triggering a gubernatorial veto of another bill. When the House decided to knock off work for the weekend early Friday afternoon, Senate Bill 792 was put on ice until Monday. That led Gov. Rick Perry to follow through on his pledge to veto the legislation that SB 792 is meant to replace,...
  • New tollway bill passes Senate

    05/15/2007 9:51:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 781+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 15, 2007 | Bean Wear
    More projects exempted from private toll road moratorium in unanimous Senate vote. The Texas Senate, after hours of closed-door negotiations stamped out hot spots of dissent, unanimously passed revamped toll road legislation Monday that would supplant a bill languishing on Gov. Rick Perry's desk. Perry, who has made it clear he would veto the first bill, House Bill 1892, immediately signaled that he would allow Senate Bill 792 to become law if the House passes it in its current form. Lawmakers involved in the negotiations say they hope to get SB 792 to Perry late this week in time to...
  • Toll road compromise reached (Texas)

    05/14/2007 7:48:00 AM PDT · by Cat loving Texan · 9 replies · 768+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 5/14/07 | Ben Wear
    Toll road compromise reached By Ben Wear | Monday, May 14, 2007, 08:10 AM Lawmakers, representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation and others have reached agreement on major toll road legislation that will be laid out this morning in a meeting of the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee. But there could be a backlash. Many legislators had said this session that what they didn’t want was to be presented with a large “agreed-upon” transportation bill late in the session with little or no time to absorb it. That’s exactly what they’re getting, however. The bill, in this instance,...
  • Fight on! (Texas transportation battle)

    05/14/2007 8:53:10 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 512+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | May 14, 2007 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram
    Our colleagues at The Dallas Morning News offered this advice to lawmakers fighting to keep intact complex regional plans to deal with transportation issues in Dallas, Fort Worth and the surrounding counties: "Keep Up the Fight." Good advice. Both the Dallas paper and the Star-Telegram have felt some ownership of this issue since we combined on a joint editorial project in 2003, calling for a regionwide effort to link area cities by rail. But rail is only part of the solution to the serious problem of traffic congestion that is approaching gridlock during parts of the day. Officials in North...
  • Lawmakers discuss transportation amid threat of special session

    05/11/2007 12:33:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 409+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 10, 2007 | Liz Austin Peterson (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN — Intense negotiations on compromise transportation legislation continued Thursday, a day after Gov. Rick Perry threatened to call a special session on the issue. Senate Transportation Committee chairman Sen. John Carona said the sides were close to an agreement, though his House counterpart wasn't as optimistic. "We are very close, however we've been close before," said state Rep. Mike Krusee, R-Round Rock. Asked if thought the deal could be completed before the session ends on May 28, he said: "It's 50-50." The dustup involves a sweeping bill the Legislature sent Perry earlier this week that would put a two-year...
  • Governor wants roads bill changed before end of session

    05/09/2007 6:19:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 668+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | May 9, 2007 | Kelley Shannon (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry doesn't like a transportation bill Texas lawmakers sent him and threatened Wednesday to call them back to address the issue if no solution is reached before the legislative session ends May 28. "The good news is, there's still time to fix it .... if not, I have no other option as the leader of this state than to bring the Legislature back until we address these issues and we get Texas back to where it can have a vibrant transportation infrastructure," Perry said. Though a two-year moratorium on private toll road contracts is a major...
  • Farm Bureau urges governor support of TTC Funding Moratorium

    05/07/2007 6:06:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 343+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | May 7, 2007 | Southwest Farm Press
    Waco - Governor Rick Perry should sign a bill that would establish a two-year moratorium on the controversial Trans Texas Corridor (TTC), according to the board of directors of the state's largest farm organization. A letter requesting the governor's approval of House Bill 1892, signed by the 14 members of the Texas Farm Bureau board, including TFB President Kenneth Dierschke, urges a moratorium on the use of private equity comprehensive development agreements, including the TTC. The letter was delivered to Governor Perry today. It said in part, "We believe the moratorium envisioned in HB 1892 will give all Texans the...