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ASCE Texas Section Endorses Proposition One 2014

Tuesday, July 29, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Annemarie Gasser
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RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF A CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT FOR INCREASED STATE FUNDING FOR TRANSPORTATION

WHEREAS the 83rd Texas Legislature passed historic legislation proposing a
constitutional amendment on the November 4, 2014 state ballot affecting
the state’s roads, highways, and bridges; and

WHEREAS this is “A constitutional amendment to provide for the transfer
of certain general revenue to the economic stabilization fund and to the
state highway fund and for the dedication of the revenue transferred to the
state highway fund”; and

WHEREAS this proposal will allow revenue transferred to the state highway
fund to be used only for developing public roadways, other than toll roads;
and

WHEREAS this would require that any funds transferred to the state
highway fund be allocated by the Texas Department of Transportation
consistent with existing formulas to ensure the entire state benefits from
this additional funding; and

WHEREAS the proposed amendment will aid in maintaining the current
infrastructure and will ease congestion by funding new projects for added
capacity without any new or increased taxes or fees; and

WHEREAS a strong transportation system is fundamental to Texas’ quality
of life and economic vitality, attracting new businesses and generating new
jobs; and

WHEREAS state transportation funding over the past several years has been
supplemented by bond programs and those bond programs are now
exhausted and have resulted in a significant level of debt for Texas; and
American Society of Civil Engineers – Texas Section
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WHEREAS the current state budget includes approximately $5 billion per
year in construction funding and will, based on current revenue
projections, drop to only $2.5 billion the available funds for construction
for the next biennium; and

WHEREAS according to the latest report of the 2030 Commission,
approximately $6.1 billion per year in construction funding is needed to
achieve “worst possible” conditions and $9.5 billion per year is needed to
achieve “minimally competitive” conditions; and

WHEREAS the proposed amendment would result in an estimated $1.4
billion per year for the state highway fund; and

WHEREAS while the proposed amendment would not fully fund the state’s
overall transportation needs, it would be a key step toward securing critical
funding for transportation projects in Texas;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Texas Section of the American
Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE Texas Section) supports the proposed
amendment to address Texas’ transportation infrastructure needs on the
November 4, 2014 ballot.

ADOPTED THIS 11th DAY OF JULY 2014 BY THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OF
ASCE TEXAS SECTION.

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