Fellow Grassroots Texans:
Looks like Straus and Co. are doubling down on the dirty tricks.
Please see below from Terri Hall.
URGENT ACTION ITEM
Please call your State Representative (your Texas House member) & tell them to vote ‘NO’ on SB 1110 which allows property tax & sales tax to build toll roads –that you will then have to pay a TOLL to drive on!
>>Find out who your STATE representative is HERE and you can get their phone number and leave a message…
>>Call the Capitol Switchboard – (512) 463-4630 (between 8 AM – 5 PM)
(Give them your zip code & they can connect you to your state rep.)
BAD BILL ALERT
HB 1716 got switched to SB 1110
Allows Property Taxes to subsidize TOLL ROADS!
NOTE: SB 1110 (Nichols – House sponsor, Pickett) – Is on the Calendar for Thursday, April 25
SB 1110 (Nichols) – Expands the definition of & use of a transportation project from strictly roads to include rail, transit, even parking lots, ferries, and airports with Transportation Reinvestment Zones (TRZ) without accountability to the voters/taxpayers. TRZs pledge LOCAL property taxes (appraisal increases) and/or sales tax revenues in the zone to pay for STATE highway projects, including toll projects (which is a double tax to use tax money to build it, but charge Texans a toll to drive on it). If a toll project needs TAX money to subsidize it, it means it’s NOT toll viable and cannot be paid for with the tolls alone. So a ‘YES’ vote is a deliberate vote in favor of DOUBLE TAXATION and it moves toll road policy away from ‘user’ pays to ALL taxpayers paying for the road, yet Texans can be charged AGAIN to drive on it!
Text of SB 1110 that expands the definition of a transportation project:
SECTION 1. Subchapter E, Chapter 222, Transportation Code, is amended by adding Section 222.1001 to read as follows:
Sec. 222.1001. DEFINITION. In this subchapter, “transportation project” has the meaning assigned by Section 370.003.
CHAPTER 370.003 of the Transportation Code says:
Sec. 370.003. DEFINITIONS.
(14) “Transportation project” means:
(A) a turnpike project;
…as well as a litany of different projects from rail & transit to ferries & parking lots
(C) a passenger or freight rail facility
(E) a ferry;
(F) an airport;
(G) a pedestrian or bicycle facility;
(H) an intermodal hub;
(I) an automated conveyor belt for the movement of freight;
(J) a border crossing inspection station;
(M) a transit system;
(M-1) a parking area, structure, or facility, or a collection device for parking fees;
TELL YOUR STATE REP TO VOTE NO ON SB 1110!
Provided by Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom or Texas TURF
CONTACT: Terri Hall, Founder, Texas TURF, (210) 275-0640, WEB: http://www.texasturf.org, EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Texas TURF is a non-partisan, grassroots, all-volunteer group defending Texans’ concerns with toll road policy, Trans Texas Corridor-style projects like public private partnerships, and eminent domain abuses. TURF promotes non-toll transportation solutions. TURF works with over 300 liberty-minded grassroots groups across Texas to enact a pro-taxpayer transportation policy in Texas.