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  • McReynolds to TxDOT: 'Drop I-69/TTC absurdity'

    03/26/2008 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 671+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 25, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    State Rep. Jim McReynolds has sent a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation saying he thinks TxDOT should drop the idea of tying the Trans-Texas Corridor in with plans for routing Interstate 69 through East Texas. McReynolds says tremendous negative outcry from his constituents and other East Texas residents has made it clear to him no one wants infrastructure that massive and disruptive to the quality of life to be built, taking big swaths out of the Pineywoods countryside. "Within the past several weeks, I have personally attended every TxDOT hearing held in my district regarding this proposed corridor,"...
  • TxDOT aims to tighten purse strings

    11/17/2007 1:56:09 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 349+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | November 17, 2007 | Peggy Fikac
    Deficit may top $1.8 billion by fiscal 2012 with current slate of road projects AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation, working to fend off a funding shortfall, intends to cut hundreds of millions of dollars budgeted for everything from consulting engineers to right-of-way purchases. The plan wouldn't affect existing road projects, and it's "difficult to say" what future projects would be delayed as a result, agency spokesman Randall Dillard said Friday. Projections show that if existing plans on awarding contracts and expenditures were to go forward, the department would have at least a $1.8 billion deficit by fiscal year...
  • Jaime Castillo: TxDOT's 'outreach' plan reaches deep into taxpayers' pockets

    08/22/2007 9:41:54 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 469+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | August 21, 2007 | Jaime Castillo
    Even if it's just for a moment, let us give credit where credit is due. The Texas Department of Transportation has realized — finally — that it has an image problem when it comes to convincing Texans of the need for a vast network of toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor. The realization, however, comes with a price tag of $7 million to $9 million that, rather than going to build highways, will fuel an advertising campaign centered around a memo titled, "Keep Texas Moving: Tolling and Trans-Texas Corridor Outreach." This is where I get off the track. Outreach? The...
  • State spending millions to push Trans-Texas plan

    08/21/2007 5:27:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 798+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | August 20, 2007 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation, which complains about chronic underfunding, has launched a multimillion-dollar campaign that promotes the divisive Trans-Texas Corridor plan and toll roads. The campaign is anticipated to cost $7 million to $9 million, according to a memo titled "Keep Texas Moving: Tolling and Trans-Texas Corridor Outreach" sent to transportation officials by Coby Chase, director of the agency's government and public affairs division. Such use of state highway-fund dollars is drawing questions, but the department says it's an important effort to educate and engage Texans. "It's a waste of money," said Rep. Warren Chisum, chairman of...
  • Pampa Lawmaker Seeks to Put Gay Marriage Ban in TX Constitution

    04/05/2005 6:13:27 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 1 replies · 231+ views
    Pampa lawmaker seeks to put gay marriage ban in constitution ASSOCIATED PRESS AUSTIN (AP) - A proposed constitutional ban of same-sex marriages in Texas could also prevent gays and lesbians from private contract privileges, including end-of-life decisions and children's guardianship issues, gay-rights activists told lawmakers Monday. Gay marriage and civil unions already are illegal in Texas, but some private arrangements are recognized under Texas law. Republican Rep. Warren Chisum of Pampa has filed a proposed change to the constitution that would define marriage as "only a union of one man and one woman" in Texas. He said it wasn't his...
  • Panhandle Lawmaker {Warren Chisum, R-Pampa} Targets Gay Marriage

    11/09/2004 6:12:38 AM PST · by Theodore R. · 2 replies · 956+ views
    Panhandle lawmaker targets gay marriage AUSTIN (AP) — Calling it a biblical issue, a state lawmaker on Monday proposed an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would ban the state from recognizing gay marriage. Rep. Warren Chisum said he hoped the amendment would send a message to Congress that Texans support a similar amendment on the federal level. "We really feel very strong about the fact that we don't want the deterioration of the institution of marriage, and that's what we see happening across this country," he said. The Pampa Republican filed the resolution on Monday, the first day of...