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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Perry: House ‘needlessly delayed’ roads amendment


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Rick Perry says its unacceptable for the Texas Legislature to finish its second special session without approving additional funding for transportation.

A proposed constitutional amendment would boost funding for road and bridge construction by more than $840 million annually garnered just 84 votes in the House on Monday. That’s 16 short of the two-thirds support needed for approval.

The House may reconsider Tuesday, the last day of the second special session. Perry says he’ll call lawmakers back to work if transportation funding increases aren’t passed.

In a statement late Monday, Perry said it was “disappointing that some members of the House today needlessly delayed” Texas’ ability to fund roads.

He added: “To go home without dealing with one of the most pressing issues facing all Texans is simply unacceptable.”



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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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