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.READ MORE: Texas-Born Astronaut Shane Kimbrough 1 Of 4 Set To Launch On Board SpaceX's Crew Dragon
Republican state Rep. Drew Darby of San Angelo who helped oversee the plan says the increase will address dire infrastructure needs.READ MORE: Nothing Wasted: Fort Worth Salon Prides Itself On Being Eco-Friendly
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.MORE NEWS: McKinney Homeowner Says Local Airport Putting His Family's Safety At Risk
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