Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Pauken Opposes Toll Road on I-35 in Austin
Nov 06, 2013 | 1088 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Texas Department of Transportation’s Commission is considering proposals to add tolls to portions of IH-35 within Austin and converting the SH-130 toll road to a free-use road.

In response, Tom Pauken, the former chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission and Republican candidate for governor, issued the following statement:

“If the inference here is that the TxDOT commission would shift the financial burdens for SH-130 to people who commute daily to Austin to pay for the tolling failures of SH-130, this is yet another example of how our state government is using crony capitalism to bail out private enterprises.

“It is curious that this proposal follows on the heels of reports last month that the private owners of SH-130 may not be able to make debt payments in 2014 because actual traffic is well below their initial estimates.

“As governor, I would oppose this initiative and all toll-roads that privatize profits and socialize risks onto the backs of Texas taxpayers.”

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