The Texas Department of Transportation, which often argues that it lacks the money to properly maintain its network of roads, surprised many state leaders in March when it announced it had an extra $2 billion.
In a state with a population growing faster than its transportation system, extra cash for transportation projects was welcome news.
But for some lawmakers, the announcement also reignited an old frustration over accounting at TxDOT. State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, described it as a "perception problem."
"We’re out of money, but the public is going to hear that y’all found $2 billion," Pickett ...