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Wednesday, February 24, 2021

House to discuss transportation funding bills

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House convenes Monday to discuss increasing funding for highway and transportation infrastructure projects.  

Both chambers have passed and sent to Gov. Rick Perry a sweeping bill limiting abortion. That issue, and measures codifying sentencing guidelines for 17-year-olds convicted of capital murder, are nearly resolved.

That means, unless Perry adds more items to lawmakers’ agenda for the second special session, additional state money for highways is all that’s left to do.

The Senate doesn’t convene again until Wednesday. But its members have already passed a proposed constitutional amendment.

If approved by voters, it would divert $900 million annually from the state’s cash reserves for highway projects.

The House, however, will debate a separate constitutional amendment that could divert $900 million annually to highways from existing gasoline taxes.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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