"Trans Texas Corridor Wolf in sheep's clothing...again"
by Sal Costello - www.TexasTollParty.com
Monday, Sep 26 2005, 11:29pm
texas / transportation / op-ed/ analysis
We must STOP the Rick Perry "Tax Wolf" at the next election during early voting and on November 8th.
In 2001 a proposition was placed as a referendum to voters that developed the Texas Mobility Fund. Texans voted for "mobility" and Prop 15 became a constitutional amendment. Only later we found it was the first "Tax Wolf in sheep's clothing".
The ballot language of Proposition 15 did not openly and accurately inform voters that the Perry-motivated special-interest plan would allow the Trans Texas Corridor, or our public highways to be privatized and tolled so corporations can profit from what is already ours.
2005: PROPOSITION 1
Currently, the "Tax Wolf" is "rearing its ugly head" again with the Proposition 1 rail fund. It's a similarly smoke-screen voter trick as was Prop 15, except this time it's after more of our tax dollars by subsidizing private corporations rail. Proposition 1 is an open-ended corporate subsidy scheme --- a blank check. Taxpayers will pay unlimited tax dollars to move private corporation rail lines into Gov. Perry's Trans Texas Corridor, and this after the governor had promised Texans that no public funds would be used.
And, it gets worse. Our state DEBT commitment also will be open-ended, like a credit card with no ceiling, for state bonds that may be issued from this new fund. In a veiled power-play and further by amending the Constitution to authorize the creation of this fund, the state is committing its taxpayers to massive debt for generations. While private special interest corporations profit, taxpaying families will pay more as they will help fund the largest land grab in Texas history --- Perry's Trans Texas Corridor. The Corridor is in direct opposition to the platform of the Republican Party of Texas.
2005: PROPOSITION 9
Proposition 9 allows non-elected, unaccountable Tolling Authority board members extended term limits. Under the proposal, current 2-year term limits would expand to 6 years for appointed members of Perry's Regional Mobility Authorities (RMAs). These new and powerful special interest bureaucracies will have the authority to privatize and toll our public highways, and without urgently needed accountability, they will set the toll rates for roads we've already paid for with tax dollars!
Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn put out a comprehensive scathing report that shows how RMA's create "double taxation without accountability" and how the rampant loose management practices within these new RMA's cost Texas families more of their tax dollars. NOT surprisingly, Strayhorn also found motives of conflicts of interest, favoritism and self-profiteering as board members gave contracts (without bids) to their friends and their own companies. Gov. Perry's RMA boards must be required to abide by the standard provided in the Constitution that limits the terms of members of such boards to two years. The reason for Proposition 9 is to ensure that RMA members will remain pro-toll oriented for the longer period of time, so that the governor and his tolling special interests gain the most from this sleight-of-hand power-play.
The open-ended language of Props 1 and 9 appears to adhere to an integrity standard, but of course they doesn't mention the Trans Texas Corridor, unlimited taxes, lack of accountability and double-tax issues. "Tax Wolves" are NOT what they appear to be. They are NOT open and honest about their intentions; they are riddled with special interest obscurities.
We must STOP the "Tax Wolf" at the next election during early voting and on November 8th. Say NO to Prop 1 & 9. Call our TexasTollParty.com office today at 512.371.9926 to find out how Urban & Rural Texans can work together to help stop the Tax Wolf.
Founder of People for Efficient Transportation Inc.