Governor Adds Transportation to Special Session AgendaFeatured Stories, News Monday, June 10th, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ Gov. Rick Perry has added funding for transportation to the special session, with only two weeks left to go.
In a statement he released Monday, Perry said the state’s growing economy and population made additional spending on roads and bridges necessary.
In January, Perry called on the Legislature to take money from the state’s rainy day fund for highways, but they failed to pass the legislation. But lawmakers did agree to ask voters to approve $2 billion for water projects.
State transportation leaders have told lawmakers Texas needs to spend about $4 billion more per year on roads.
The Texas Department of Transportation manages nearly 200 million miles of roads and more than 50,000 bridges. The agency largely relies on a 20-cents-a-gallon fuel tax that hasn’t been raised since 1991.
Gov. Rick Perry today expanded the special session call to include transportation funding.
“Texas’ growing economy and population demand that we take action to address the growing pressure on the transportation network across the state,” Gov. Perry said. “As we enjoy the benefits of a booming economy, we have to build and maintain the roads to ensure we sustain both our economic success and our quality of life.”
The special session will now also consider the following issue:
• Legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.
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