Getting Results on Transportation

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 @ 1:14PM

From the Y at Oak Hill and SH 45 SW to IH 35, Loop 360, and Ranch Road 620, House District 47 has no shortage of traffic congestion. Unfortunately, many people living in Travis County have come to accept traffic as a fact of life. The good news is progress is being made.

There is a very important proposition on this November’s ballot about transportation funding that I strongly encourage you to support.

Proposition 7 will dedicate a portion of the state’s sales tax receipts to transportation projects, without raising taxes. This could mean $2.5 billion more dollars for roads each year. Additionally, Proposition 7 would allocate 35% of the net revenue from the motor vehicle sales tax to transportation above the first $5 billion collected.

This proposition is important because it will build upon the great success we had last session provided an additional $1.2 billion annually for non-tolled roads.

Early voting has already begun and runs through October 30. Election Day is November 3.

You may recall that in 2013, I was proud to help lead the House Transportation Funding, Expenditures & Finance Committee which helped craft these that ultimately became law.

Building upon that success, I have now been appointed to serve on the House Transportation Planning Committee where I will continue to work hard every day to make sure that we prioritize these funds in the most efficient and fiscally prudent way, should voters approve this measure in November. I’ll also be working to make sure Travis County has a seat at the table and gets its fair share.

For more information on Proposition 7, I encourage you to visit the Move Texas Forward website at www.movetexasforward.com. For more information on the Constitutional Amendments Election, I encourage you to visit the Secretary of State’s Vote Texas website at www.votetexas.gov.

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