LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF TEXAS JOINS IN LETTER TO GOVERNOR PERRY ABOUT TRANSPORTATION CONCERNS
AUSTIN - May 12, 2011 - The Libertarian Party of Texas joined a coalition of groups in a letter to Governor Perry
expressing concerns about pending legislation that resembles plans for
the previously defeated and controversial Trans Texas Corridor. The
letter, originating from Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF),
has been joined by TexPIRG, Texans for Accountable Government, Campaign
for Liberty and Central Texas Republican Liberty Caucus.
"We are happy to work with TURF on common principles that lead to better transportation policy," said Pat Dixon, Chair of the Libertarian Party of Texas. "While
we hope for more private solutions to transportation, we are concerned
that the nature of transportation in recent years has been at odds with
free market principles."
The Libertarian Party of Texas's platform expressly opposes the Trans Texas Corridor. The Libertarian approach to transportation is:
- We do not oppose private entities building roads
- We do not oppose such a road paid for by its users
- We do not oppose such an entity residing outside the U.S.
- We do
oppose forcing taxpayers to assume financial liability for a private
investment arranged with monopoly protection and powers of eminent
- We do
oppose diverting fuel taxes, which are intended to pay for roads, to
government spending that has nothing to do with transportation
The Libertarian Party of Texas
welcomes the opportunity to work with others that share common
principles on issues such as transportation policy. Despite
differences on specific details, we seek to advance liberty by working
together where possible with those individuals and organizations that
promote policies consistent with our principles.
The Libertarian Party is the
third-largest political party in Texas, and stands for constitutional
government, free markets, civil liberties and peace. You can find more
information on the Libertarian Party of Texas at www.lptexas.org.