AUSTIN (AP) - Gov. Rick Perry says he and Texas legislative
leaders will work together in the 2009 session to come up with
long-term transportation funding solutions.
Among the ideas he talked up Tuesday with the Associated General
Contractors of Texas was ending the gas tax diversion for funding
the Texas Department of Public Safety. He says that amounts to $1.2
billion in every two-year budget cycle and that the money is needed
for road projects.
Perry said the DPS money needs to come from the state's general
He's also proposing creation of a Transportation Finance
Corporation to allow for more Texas-based investments in roads.
Perry says Texas' transportation infrastructure is overwhelmed
as more than 1,000 people per day move to the state.
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