Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road

In a speech last month kicking off her campaign to be Texas' first Democratic lieutenant governor in 15 years, state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio offered examples of what she considered negligence by the state’s Republican leadership.

“They’ve even talked about taking paved highways and turning them into gravel roads, as if they think that you can grow a 21st-century economy on a 19th-century transportation system,” Van de Putte said, drawing boos from the crowd at a gymnasium at San Antonio College. “Doesn’t Texas deserve better than that?" 

While transportation funding does not draw the emotional response ...

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