In Decade of GOP Power, Cuts Moved Costs to Local Level

Pflugerville residents were excited about the opening of the State Highway 45 toll road in 2006. The congestion-free highway and its connection to Highway 130 to the east would give them quicker access to a major road. City officials like Victor Gonzales, now the mayor pro tem, hoped the road would provide economic development and tax revenue along its exits. Then the Texas Department of Transportation, which was supervising the construction, came calling.

Audio: Ben Philpott's story for KUT News

“They asked us to contribute $6 million to the opening of a ramp which was already there,” Gonzales ...

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