Stop Toll Roads and the Corporate Land-Grab in Texas sign now

Dear Republican Party Platform Committee Chair of Travis County,

Politicians are trying to take private land owned by Texans, to give to corporations who want to build toll roads and the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC / NAFTA Superhighway). We want this practice ended.

In recent years there has been a movement within the political leadership of Texas to establish toll roads as a means of generating new income for the state. To achieve this, the Governors office, TxDOT, and regional mobility authorities have worked together to try to add tolls to existing roads, define new roads as toll roads, create the NAFTA superhighway, and take private land from Texas citizens to build these roads.

Meanwhile, the state has leased the rights to operate these new toll roads to private for-profit companies, who take a cut from the toll revenue. Private control of a road is a monopoly position, and an inappropriate situation in which to use the power of private enterprise.

While this has occurred, the legislature has diverted gas tax funds, defined by law to be used for road construction and maintenance, to other programs.

Therefore, we the undersigned request that the party platform committee take action to recommend,

1. an addition to the party platform which states that all roads in Texas should be free for use by anyone driving within the state, and
2. an addition to the party platform which states that the State of Texas should re-instate its historic policy of building roads only when it has the funds to do so, and
3. the adoption of resolutions presented to the platform committee from precinct conventions which restrict the conversion of public road into toll roads, and bar the use of so called public-private partnerships which use eminent domain to convert private land into an assert for a corporate or profit-making entity.


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