Texas lawmakers vow to stop diverting highway funds

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
If you leave your house on a regular basis, transportation dollars, and how our lawmakers spend them, matter to you. For decades now, our lawmakers have taken some of that money set aside for highways and spent it on other projects.

Money from gas taxes, speeding tickets and driver license fees all go toward the state's transportation fund, at least, it's supposed to.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (WOAI) - Texas lawmakers promise to stop diverting your transportation dollars.

If you leave your house on a regular basis, transportation dollars, and how our lawmakers spend them, matter to you. For decades now, our lawmakers have taken some of that money set aside for highways and spent it on other projects.

News 4 tracked down the Speaker of the Texas House who promises that will stop. Traffic jams cost you valuable time and money every day, and you're paying even more than you thought just to be stuck in rush-hour traffic.

Money from gas taxes, speeding tickets and driver license fees all go toward the state's transportation fund, at least, it's supposed to. Hundreds of millions of dollars get diverted every year to other projects.

Neither does Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus and he promises to do something about it.

He says in the next state budget, money set side for highways will go to highways, and highways only. He says that should free up about $1.3 billion dollars for transportation projects.

Drivers agree, as long as lawmakers stick to their promise when the Texas legislature reconvenes in January.

A lot of the transportation dollars were being diverted to public safety. Speaker Straus promises there will be enough money to go around.

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