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Saturday, September 14th, 2013

Graveling over funding holes, some visible, some not

The ongoing conversion of paved roads to gravel is an embarrassment to Texas. Other funding gaps are harder to see.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

County holding hearing on proposed FM 110 funding plan

Perennially looking for a way to fund a long-anticipated eastern loop around San Marcos, the Hays County Commissioners Court continues to consider an arrangement that would dedicate a portion of county property tax revenue collected from eastern...

Friday, August 30th, 2013

TxDOT officials address uprising on cost-cutting plans

More than a dozen city and county officials from across the state urged the Texas Department of Transportation on Thursday to hold off on two controversial cost-cutting plans.

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

TxDOT’s cost-cutting plans draw local outrage

State and local officials across Texas are urging the state Department of Transportation to slam the brakes on two controversial cost-cutting measures.

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

TxDOT plan to convert roads to gravel begins despite pushback

Last month, the Texas Department of Transportation announced plans to convert more than 80 miles of paved roads to gravel.

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Lawmakers pass roads cash plan, adjourn special session

The Texas Legislature adjourned its third special session since May on Monday night after passing a measure estimated to increase transportation funding by $1.2 billion annually if Texas voters approve it next year.

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Transportation funding bill fails in House

A months-long effort to pass a controversial measure to boost transportation funding fell 16 votes short in the Texas House on Monday, dooming its chances in the current special session and setting the stage for Gov. Rick...

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

House backs TxDOT funding plan but hurdles remain

A new transportation funding plan, the only unresolved issue on the agenda of the current special session, inched forward Monday as the House tentatively approved a measure while setting up a potential battle on the issue with...

Monday, July 8th, 2013

Transportation funding likely to be a big issue in 2015

When this year’s first special session dramatically concluded last month in the Texas Senate with an energized crowd shouting to block passage of a controversial abortion bill, proponents of the measure were not the only ones upset.

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Senate takes step toward transportation funding fix

Despite concerns raised by both Republicans and Democrats, senators on Tuesday tentatively passed a resolution that aims to solve the state's transportation funding woes by diverting future revenue from the Rainy Day Fund.

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