Committee Gives Texas Highways A Failing Grade

AUSTIN (AP) – A state-sanctioned committee gave Texas a failing grade for its highway system, and warned congestion is only going to get worse.

The 2030 Committee presented the findings to the Texas Transportation Commission Thursday morning. The committee warned commission members that Texans have a choice, either raise the gas tax to pay for better highways, or spend more time sitting in traffic.

The Transportation Commission asked a group of business leaders and traffic experts to study the highway system. Several commission members complained that the state’s gas tax is too low, and therefore there’s not enough money to improve roads.

Texas lawmakers are already battling a $27 billion budget shortfall. Conservatives who control the Legislature so far have refused to raise any taxes to pay for roads or other state services.

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  1. Elmer says:

    There is a third choice. Send the illegals home. That would significantly reduce congestion.

  2. conserned conservative says:

    All of those Muslim run toll roads get an A+

  3. conserned conservative says:

    This is why our governor turned down billions in federal highway money last year. Didn’t he say that we had billions in surplus before the election?

  4. NorthTXTollroadHater says:

    How about actually using the current gas tax dollars collected on what it was meant for…ROADS! I can still see the tax raised slightly, but any increase will just get siphoned off eventually anyway.

    1. deblue says:

      Exactly!

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