Friday, 02 August 2013 09:35
AUSTIN—With the eyes of Texas poised on the State Legislature as it makes a fourth attempt to settle badly needed transportation funding, House Speaker Joe Strauss Wednesday appointed State Representative Sergio Muñoz Jr. to the Select Committee on Transportation Funding.
The committee is tasked with creating a consensus funding solution for the state's aging transportation infrastructure. The challenge is to create a funding mechanism that allocates significant revenue, in the neighborhood of $1 billion per year, to the state's transportation infrastructure, without increasing taxes or fees.
With two special sessions now under their belt, Governor Rick Perry has called a third special session of the legislature to settle the issue. Perry's legislative call came just minutes after the House and Senate adjourned the second special session without a solution to the transportation funding issue.