Governor’s Race Issue: Transportation

Greg Abbott

  • Greg Abbott’s infrastructure plan is called the Bicentennial Blueprint. Abbott argues the state needs to plan for the next 20+ years, so Texas is the #1 state in many ways by 2036. That date will mark 200 years since the Battle of San Jacinto led to an independent Republic of Texas.
  • For transportation funding, Abbott says lawmakers need to change the Transportation Code to stop money from the State Highway Fund being used for non-highway projects. He argues that money should exclusively go toward purchasing right-of-way, construction, and policing of public roads. In the 2014-15 budget, for example, Abbott points out $800 million dollars went to agencies outside TxDOT, the Department of Public Safety, and the Department of Motor Vehicles. The Abbott proposal will also dedicate 2/3 of vehicle use taxes to the State Highway Fund.

Wendy Davis

  • In her online issues page, Davis says Texas needs strong infrastructure to “create good paying jobs and stay competitive in the 21st Century economy.”
  • Davis calls for “smart, sufficient, and sustainable” investments in Transportation infrastructure.

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