Lawmaker, transportation commissioner urge voter passage of Prop 1

Lawmaker, transportation commissioner urge voter passage of Prop 1

LONGVIEW (KYTX) - Lawmakers and people in transportation gathered in Longview today,, asking for voter support of a constitutional amendment in November, meant to improve Texas roads. Proposition one, if passed, would divert half of the oil and gas revenue from the state's rainy day fund to TxDOT.

Next budget year, that could amount to about 1.4 billion dollars.

But speakers at today's transportation forum, hosted by Longview Chamber of Commerce at Pinecrest Country Club, say that's only about 20 percent of what the state needs -- just to keep congestion on texas roadways at the level it is now.

Still, state Sen. Kevin Eltife, transportation commissioner Jeff Austin, and Scott Haygood with the political action committee Move Texas Forward, say Prop 1 needs voter approval to help ease some of the burden on Texas' roads and bridges.


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