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Should Texas Create a Rainy Day Fund for Road Repairs?

Much of the focus of next month’s election has been, naturally, on candidates for major offices in Houston and across Texas, including a local race for District Attorney, and statewide elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. There’s also a proposition to voters on the ballot. HJR 1, if approved, would allocate half of the general […]

Much of the focus of next month’s election has been, naturally, on candidates for major offices in Houston and across Texas, including a local race for District Attorney, and statewide elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor.

There’s also a proposition to voters on the ballot. HJR 1, if approved, would allocate half of the general revenue currently going to the state’s Rainy Day Fund for road projects in the state. Technically, the money would be transferred to the State Highway Fund, also known as Fund 6, and then the Texas Legislature would create a procedure that would allow more than half of the money to be transferred. The funds could only be used to build and maintain non-toll roads in Texas.

We hear the arguments in favor of and against this proposal. Then we talk with News 88.7 transportation reporter Gail Delaughter about what led to this proposition and to what road projects, as far as we can tell, the funds would go. We welcome your thoughts too — do roadways in need of repair constitute a “rainy day?”

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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