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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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