Citizens Against the Trans-Texas Corridor protest
rally at the Capitol in Austin on
Tuesday, May 3, 2005 was a tremendous success! Hundreds upon
hundreds of Texans from all over the state participated in the giant
rally on the Capitol steps. They heard Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton
Strayhorn proclaim the project the "Trans-Texas Catastrophe" and Perry's
associates, "land-grabbing highway henchmen."
Perry spokesman Robert Black told reporters at the rally that
Strayhorn has supported toll roads in the past. Apparently the Governor
doesn't get it - it not about toll roads. It about taxing Texans for
roads they've already paid for once. It's about taking private property
to create a state sponsored corporate monopoly to generate a profit on
that land through tolls, fees and leases. It's about excessive taking of
private property and the damage that will do to local economies and the
resulting loss of local property tax for counties and school districts.
It's about secret 50-year deals with no oversight. It's about
accountability and transparency. It's about the abusive use of state
power in the pursuit of money. It's not about transportation and it
certainly isn't about toll roads.