One of the key purposes of our public life is to plan for the things we all rely on: the systems and structures that make our communities what they are. Over one regular legislative session and two special sessions, our legislature has been looking at a proposal that would affect how we fund our roads. While a proposal in this area was not successful in the regular legislative session, our legislature was called into special session twice now with the governor’s specific mandate to consider legislation “relating to the funding of transportation.”
This might make you think they would be exploring raising new money to pay for roads. But no. Instead, the proposal on would merely force future legislatures to fund roads without creating new revenue streams to support that end. The result would likely be more constraints on what we as a state invest in other important areas, like education and health.
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Garcia is CEO of Texans Care for Children.texanscareforchildren.org