Transportation Funding Likely to Be Big Issue in 2015

When this year’s first special session dramatically concluded last month in the Texas Senate with an energized crowd shouting to block passage of a controversial abortion bill, proponents of the measure were not the only ones upset.

Among the other bills that died in the intense parliamentary battle was legislation to increase financing for the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation. Gov. Rick Perry has included abortion and transportation financing to the agenda of the second special session.

But the leading transportation proposal would only reduce TxDOT’s financing shortfall, not erase it. Whether or not it passes, the agency ...

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