State Senate Approves 23-Percent TxDOT Budget Hike

AUSTIN (AP) – The Texas Senate has approved a plan to boost the Texas Department of Transportation’s budget by 23 percent at a time when most state agencies are bracing for deep cuts.

The Senate transportation budget passed Wednesday is for $19.5 billion. That’s $3.3 billion more than the House version approved April 3.

Republican state Rep. Drew Darby of San Angelo who helped oversee the plan says the increase will address dire infrastructure needs.

Large bridge projects, road repair and decreasing urban traffic congestion are some of the areas where the money would be spent.

Taxes, fees and bonds would fund it. The Austin American-Statesman reports that the resulting debt for all that borrowing, about $257 million over two years, would mainly come from the state’s already troubled general fund.

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One Comment

  1. YRofTexas says:

    There goes my NTTA Toll-Tag fees! Yipes!
    Gas pushing $4 per gallon and now this….
    Guess gotta put off moving to the country for another 2 years!

  2. cv chris says:

    Hooray. now we should have plenty of money to subsidize the NTTA and Cinta just so they can turn around and charge us a toll for the road. 3 cheers for public funds for private business.

  3. dano says:

    If TXdot stop using cheap material on the road. And stop putting money in their friends pocket like the NTTA and Spain contractor . We would have better road. Then again if we have better road. They would not ask for more money. Trust me anything that have to do with taxes payer money are all scam. I know first hand TXdot is a scam. At end of the year like any government run dept. They spend or give money away to any city that wanted it. ****All Scam ***on the mid class people…When this goin to stop ???

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