Four more roads added to foreign-owned toll road bill

BAD BILL ALERT
Phillips adds 4 more roads to foreign-owned toll road bill
Get those phones going! Vote likely on Thursday

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Nineteen & counting...

Rep. Larry Phillips' amended his public private partnership toll road bill, HB 2861, in committee last week to add FOUR more projects -- two in Austin (South MoPac & 290 W) and two in Tyler (two segments of Loop 49).

RED ALERT: Keep those calls comin'. Vote likely on Thursday. See action alert below.

Rep. Celia Israel (512-463-0821) and Rep. Mando Martinez (512-0530) just signed on as co-authors on this BAD bill. So if you live in Austin or the Rio Grande Valley, respectfully let them know you don't want them to support these P3s/CDAs. So that's 3 members of the committee that are in the tank for these toxic toll contracts.

REVOLVING DOOR

We also found out former State Senator and candidate for Lt Gov. Leticia Van De Putte registered in favor of HB 2861 and she's officially a lobbyist for Zachry Construction (they wanted to tap her extensive rolodex and she's cashing in on her connections), one of the companies who landed the first P3 that went bankrupt on SH 130. We have it on good report that both Cintra and Zachry are lobbying hard for this bill (and likely promising some hefty campaign contributions in the process)!

Roads effected: (Note the volume near the border. Cintra wants to control all trade through Texas)

- I-35 in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio
- I-45 in Houston
- Hwy 290 Houston & 290W in Austin
- I-30 in Ft. Worth
- I-635 E in Dallas
- Loop 1604 in San Antonio
- MoPac (South) in Austin

- South Padre Island Second Access Causeway
- International Bridge Corridor Project
- Hidalgo County Loop project
- FM 1925 in Cameron & Hidalgo Counties
- Hwy 83 Hidalgo County
- Hwy 68 in Hidalgo County
- Outer Pkwy in Cameron County
- Loop 49 (2 projects) in Smith and Gregg counties

Toll rates for such deals exceed 75 cents per mile and cost commuters in the Metroplex $40/day during peak hours. They're 52-year crony sweetheart deals that socialize the losses and privatize the profits - leaving taxpayers holding the bag when they go bankrupt.

They also represent eminent domain for private gain. P3s and CDAs are the MOST expensive way to fund roads and result in the greatest loss of liberty because it gives private corporations the power to tax without accountability to the taxpayers. SH 130 is the first such deal in Texas and it went bankrupt in less than 3 years. Now the taxpayers are on the hook for the $430 million federal loan that went into the deal!

We need as many calls & emails as possible going in to committee members!

More info on HB 2861 here.

Background on the failed public private partnership SH 130 and its bankruptcy here.

Send an email opposing HB 2861 to committee members. (Take talking points from any of the above sources.)

(NOTE: Be sure to be respectful and to include your full name and address.)

geanie.morrison@house.texas.gov, mando.martinez@house.texas.gov, cindy.burkett@house.texas.gov, yvonne.davis@house.texas.gov, craig.goldman@house.texas.gov, celia.israel@house.texas.gov, ina.minjarez@house.texas.gov, joe.pickett@house.texas.gov,ron.simmons@house.texas.gov, ed.thompson@house.texas.gov, senfronia.thompson@house.texas.gov, john.wray@house.texas.gov

Call committee members (preferable):
Chair: Rep. Geanie Morrison - (512)463-0456
Vice Chair: Rep. Armando Martinez - (512)463-0530

Rep. Cindy Burkett - (512)463-0464
Rep. Yvonne Davis - (512)463-0598
Rep. Craig Goldman - (512)463-0608
Rep. Celia Israel - (512)463-0821
Rep. Ina Minjarez - (512)463-0634
Rep. Joseph Pickett - (512)463-0596
Rep. Ron Simmons - (512)463-0478
Rep. Ed Thompson - (512)463-0707
Rep. Senfronia Thompson - (512)463-0720
Rep. John Wray - (512)463-0516

Don't bother contacting Larry Phillips unless you're his constituent, he's sold out!

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