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2010: On the Road Again

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has laid out her vision for the future of transportation in Texas.

Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has laid out her vision for the future of transportation in Texas. The gubernatorial candidate -- and top opponent to Governor Rick Perry -- spends the majority of paper in this policy release talking about reforms to the Texas Department of Transportation. TxDOT has come under fire in recent years as the agency has tried to implement the unpopular Trans-Texas Corridor (a Perry idea).

Reforms include:

  • Hire a Transportation CEO
  • Increase Transparency
  • Restructure TX Transportation Commission
  • Stop Highway Fund Diversions

The Senator does also lay out transportation projects -- focusing specifically on transportation within the "Texas Triangle" The area between Dallas/Fort Worth, San Antonio and Houston is projected to soon hold 75% of the state's population -- so Hutchison specifically talks about what she'd do to get that part of the state running more smoothly.

You can read the whole policy release here.

Governor Rick Perry's campaign took exactly one hour and six minutes to respond -- a little slow by usual Mark Minor standards. Saying the plan expands bureaucracy, doesn't explain how to pay for anything and takes many of the ideas from Governor Perry's current transportation policy proposals.

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