In session since January, Texas legislators finally resolved their differences over a plan that only partially meets state highway construction and maintenance needs, and they adjourned.
A proposed constitutional amendment to increase highway funding by $1.2 billion a year finally mustered the required two-thirds majority in the House and the Senate. Texas voters will have the final say on the plan to divert money from the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund — popularly known as the rainy day fund — to highway construction and maintenance. If approved, the money will cover only a fraction of the need outlined by Texas Department of Transportation officials. Nonetheless, TxDOT officials were happy with the passage of the proposed constitutional amendment, and weary legislators were happy to finally close up shop.
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