Anti-Toll Road Activist Sues State Over Ad Campaign

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AUSTIN -- An activist is going to court over her opposition to the Texas Department of Transportation's promotional campaign for toll roads and the Trans-Texas Corridor.

Terri Hall of the San Antonio Toll Party and Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom wants a state court to block the department from spending money on the "Keep Texas Moving" campaign.

She says it violates a prohibition on state officials using their authority for political purposes.

The state contends that it's legal for the transportation department to promote toll roads and that it's responding to calls for public education about its projects.

It says Hall's claim should be denied and her petition dismissed.

Governor Rick Perry and the transportation department have championed toll roads and the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor as solutions to dire transportation needs that have outpaced gas tax revenues.

A hearing is scheduled for Monday.