Loop 1604 to be sold off to private toll operator?

From: William E. G.
Sent on: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 12:19 PM

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SA Toll Party Alert
STOP DOUBLE TAX TOLLS
Dear Ann,
Loop 1604 to become foreign-owned toll road?
>> Bill to hand 20 TX roads to
foreign corporations
now includes Loop 1604-
FINAL vote Tuesday!
 
HELP US KILL
SB 1730

>> Another
rushed gavel, no chance to vote. One House member said, "They wouldn't let us vote on it!"
 
>> PPPs/CDAs mean CRONY CAPITALISM & sweetheart deals that guarantee profits, limit expansion of free routes, and can charge 75 cents a mile or MORE to use our public roads!
 
URGENT ACTION ITEM
Focus on contacting these reps:
 
Rep. Lyle Larson -[masked]
Rep. Jose Menendez -[masked]
Tell them to take Loop 1604 OUT of the bill and to vote 'NO' on SB 1730. We do NOT want Texas highways handed to private corporations that can charge Texans exorbitant toll rates! We're not falling for the 'tolling is not a guarantee, it's just an option' routine - we don't want that 'option' on the table whatsoever.
A 'yes' vote is the same thing as voting for TOLL TAXES in the hands of a private, foreign corporation since it gives TxDOT and the RMA a blank check!
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The House convenes to start considering bills at 10 AM Tuesday.

-- See why PPPs/CDAs are anti-freedom & anti-taxpayer here.
MORE IMPORTANT INFO BELOW! 
In this issue...
>> House votes to include Loop 1604 in SB 1730 bill to privatize & toll our PUBLIC roads
>> Capitol Update
>> Important dates: 281 Public Hearing, June 20!
 
 
CAPITOL UPDATE:
Postcards from the lege...
HB 3391 switched to SB 1730:
Today. Rep. Ruth McClendon switched from helping us keep 1604 OUT of the bill to putting it back in. She offered an amendment and Rep. Lyle Larson and Rep. Jose Menendez openly supported it. When asked why, Larson's office still maintains he doesn't want it done as a toll road. Menendez' office gave no answer.
 
However, the bill doesn't differentiate between the CDA being tolled or non-toll. So while it's clever to say the toll element is 'optional' and whether or not Loop 1604 is handed to a private toll operator who extracts exorbitant toll rates up to 75 cents a mile will be decided later by un-elected boards & TxDOT, not the PEOPLE, bottom line is TxDOT would NOT be able to hand this road to Cintra or other private entity unless this bill passes.
 
We KILL the bill, we kill the privatization of our PUBLIC roads!
Other news...
Since our good bills have either been gutted, watered down, or held up in Committee, our attention is being turned to KILLING the bad bills, and trying to get our good bills OUT OF COMMITTEE by the deadline, May 6!
 
ACTION ITEM #2
Get our roads funded WITHOUT tolls
 
>> Contact Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Jim Pitts and ask him to:
"Vote out HB 479 to dedicate vehicles sales tax to roads to get needed funding WITHOUT raising taxes & pass HJR 29 to END gas tax diversions!"
 
--Call Jim Pitts at (512)[masked] or email him [address removed]
(Calls are best, even if you leave a message!)
 
 
 
 
IMPORTANT DATES
 
Next Toll Party Meeting
Thursday, May 23 
at Chester 's Hamburgers 
16609 San Pedro Ave. 
San Antonio, TX  
(Thousand Oaks/Mecca Exit off 281
6:00 PM - Dinner & social 
6:30 PM - Meeting begins
Plan to join us & find out the next critical steps in getting a pro-taxpayer transportation policy in place in the final days of the legislative session & as we prepare for the 281 public hearing in June.
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Public Hearing 
281 Toll Project 
Thursday, June 20 
San Antonio, TX 
Details TBA 
 
 
 
 
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