Rare is the occasion when a government body pleases everyone. Rarer still is the occasion when a government body displeases everyone. Between them, the Legislature and the Texas Department of Transportation appear to have done just that.
Highway officials told legislators during the regular session and through the special ones that more money was needed to maintain the state’s roads. The Legislature eventually passed a constitutional amendment asking voters to approve $1.2 billion for highway construction and maintenance, but in 2014. Meanwhile, legislators appropriated $225 million to repair roads and bridges experiencing increased energy production traffic this year. Transportation officials asked for $400 million just to repair the strain.
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