A portion of the Texans for Prop 7 informational website.

Texas Infrastructure Now has produced an entertaining musical message that is on point in asking Texans to "finish the job" by voting Yes on Prop 7. You can see it HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Texans Urged to Pass Prop 7 Highway Funding

 

September 29, 2015


Community leaders across Texas are joining with state officials and member of the Legislature in urging voters to support additional reliable funding for Texas highways by approving Proposition 7 on the November 3rd constitutional amendment ballot.

 

More than 100 chamber of commerce and local economic development organizations and scores of state associations have endorsed the amendment which will dedicate $2.5 billion a year in existing sales tax revenues to non-toll highway construction.  Additional funding will also come in the future from growth in sales taxes collected on the sale of motor vehicles.

 

These funds will help replace one-time funding and bond debt financing that have helped keep the pace of construction going in recent years.  While the necessity for toll funding on some projects has eased somewhat recently, Prop 7 funding will not eliminate the need for tolling to pay for some very large urban mobility projects.  Reducing the reliance on tolling will be the topic of more debate

in the coming years and would require a major commitment of new revenues.

 

Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, House Speaker Joe Straus, Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Nichols and House Transportation Committee Chairman Joe Pickett have been joined by many other members of the Legislature in letting Texans know they support Prop 7 passage.  They are talking to voters and making their case in newspaper endorsements.

 

Abbott told a Waco audience that passage of Proposition 7 "is so incredibly important."

 

Senator Nichols, chief author of Prop 7, has been speaking to groups around the state.  He told a Midland-Odessa gathering that  that transportation funding has been a growing issue in the Legislature for years as existing funding sources fail to keep up with population growth and the need for highway maintenance and improvements. 

 

He pointed out that Prop 7, like Prop 1 that was passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2014, is a step forward in returning Texas to a "pay as you go" system rather than bond debt financing.  He again pointed out that fuel taxes are a dying revenue source as vehicles use less fuel per mile traveled, more vehicles pay no fuel tax and some people are driving less.  He stressed that using the sales tax to help pay for highways is significant because sale tax tends to grow steadily and is predictable.

 

State officials are joined in their support for Prop 7 by many Texans that have been advocating increased and sustained transportation funding for many years including the organizations that make up the Transportation Advocates of Texas.

 

Organizations associated with the Transportation Advocates of Texas are working to inform Texas voters about the growing need to fund highways and Proposition 7. They are working with local community leaders and elected officials to explain the growing urgency of additional funding for transportation. Speakers are appearing at community meetings and transportation advocates are meeting with newspaper reporters and editors.  Websites and social media are also being used to engage members of the public as they consider Prop 7.  Readers are encouraged to join in the conversation on infrastructure investment.

 

You can link to those sites here.

Texans For Prop 7
Texas Infrastructure Now
Texas Future
Move Texas Forward