Transportation Lunch Discusses Texas Constitutional Amendment

Transportation Lunch Discusses Texas Constitutional Amendment

A proposed Texas constitutional amendment seeks to provide additional transportation funding.
MIDLAND -- A proposed Texas constitutional amendment seeks to provide additional transportation funding.

An area transportation luncheon addressed the proposition this afternoon.

The Midland Odessa Transportation Alliance (MOTRAN) hosted the event with local lawmakers speaking out about the measure, Proposition 1.

Proposition 1 aims to allocate more funding for road construction, maintenance and rehabilitation projects.

If passed, the state would transfer money from the state's oil and gas collections to the State Highway Fund.

"And it does it without raising taxes, or fees, or debt on the people of Texas,” explains Scott Haywood with Move Texas Forward. “It's taking an existing revenue source that the state has and directing it directly to road projects in the state."

It's estimated the measure would add $1.4 billion to road funding just in the first year.

Experts say Texas currently lacks about $5 billion per year in road funding.

Proposition 1 will be on the November ballot, with voters across the state making the final decision.

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