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Texas Senate, House propose differing transportation funding plans

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 12, 2013 @ 10:55 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: Shawn Yates / Flickr) [1]

(Photo: Shawn Yates / Flickr [2])

The Texas Senate and House have radically different ideas about how to raise funds for highway spending, the Austin American-Statesman reported [3].

The Texas Senate on Thursday passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJR1) [4], which proposes earmarking a portion of the severance taxes collected from the state’s oil and gas industry to fund transportation.

The proposed constitutional amendment would give the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) $900 million a year beginning November 2014, rather than sending that money to the state’s Rainy Day Fund. SJR1 will go to voters in November.

The Texas House, however, has a different plan for raising the state’s transportation funds. House Joint Resolution 2 (HJR2), which would remove a constitutional requirement that a quarter of the state’s gasoline taxes go to public education, passed the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday with a vote of 22-0.

HJR2, like SJR1, would send $900 million a year to TxDOT. The money would come from state gas taxes. K-12 funding would instead come from the state’s general revenue.

HJR2 will now go to the House floor. If the measure passes the House, it would require voter approval to become a constitutional amendment.

The committee also passed a companion measure that would give TxDOT a third of new motor vehicle sales taxes beginning in 2016.

Texas Senate, House propose differing transportation funding plans

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 12, 2013 @ 10:55 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: Shawn Yates / Flickr) [1]

(Photo: Shawn Yates / Flickr [2])

The Texas Senate and House have radically different ideas about how to raise funds for highway spending, the Austin American-Statesman reported [3].

The Texas Senate on Thursday passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJR1) [4], which proposes earmarking a portion of the severance taxes collected from the state’s oil and gas industry to fund transportation.

The proposed constitutional amendment would give the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) $900 million a year beginning November 2014, rather than sending that money to the state’s Rainy Day Fund. SJR1 will go to voters in November.

The Texas House, however, has a different plan for raising the state’s transportation funds. House Joint Resolution 2 (HJR2), which would remove a constitutional requirement that a quarter of the state’s gasoline taxes go to public education, passed the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday with a vote of 22-0.

HJR2, like SJR1, would send $900 million a year to TxDOT. The money would come from state gas taxes. K-12 funding would instead come from the state’s general revenue.

HJR2 will now go to the House floor. If the measure passes the House, it would require voter approval to become a constitutional amendment.

The committee also passed a companion measure that would give TxDOT a third of new motor vehicle sales taxes beginning in 2016.

Texas Senate, House propose differing transportation funding plans

Posted By Amanda Bayhi On July 12, 2013 @ 10:55 am In News & Analysis | No Comments

(Photo: Shawn Yates / Flickr) [1]

(Photo: Shawn Yates / Flickr [2])

The Texas Senate and House have radically different ideas about how to raise funds for highway spending, the Austin American-Statesman reported [3].

The Texas Senate on Thursday passed Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJR1) [4], which proposes earmarking a portion of the severance taxes collected from the state’s oil and gas industry to fund transportation.

The proposed constitutional amendment would give the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) $900 million a year beginning November 2014, rather than sending that money to the state’s Rainy Day Fund. SJR1 will go to voters in November.

The Texas House, however, has a different plan for raising the state’s transportation funds. House Joint Resolution 2 (HJR2), which would remove a constitutional requirement that a quarter of the state’s gasoline taxes go to public education, passed the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday with a vote of 22-0.

HJR2, like SJR1, would send $900 million a year to TxDOT. The money would come from state gas taxes. K-12 funding would instead come from the state’s general revenue.

HJR2 will now go to the House floor. If the measure passes the House, it would require voter approval to become a constitutional amendment.

The committee also passed a companion measure that would give TxDOT a third of new motor vehicle sales taxes beginning in 2016.


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[1] Image: http://www.equipmentworld.com/files/2013/07/TX-state-capitol.jpg

[2] Shawn Yates / Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33947016@N04/4334176256/in/photolist-7AZMAQ-8M1DQu-ectm3A-ectm4S-ectm49-ecnHcx-7mT835-9AYRvK-9AYRBP-2QkuEA-9kbi3z-6qCF63-waVbV-biEVVr-4cH7c9-4NAatL-an34sW-cJ3r-cJ3k-8yz7fe-an2V2W-4KQfGv-axjqzS-7nDAeQ-axjqAu-bWpkCh-7uQTG6-6MNKaU-an2W21-9obcFY-9obcvm-9obcRS-9obdhb-59N8ST-axjoVf-2BM4V-an326E-an32Wd-5SpPPY-9obaYG-9o88rT-5XWy4G-5Js5R-7vyNFa-9o88BB-4HBCcL-4HxpkZ-4rm2NQ-bHKf8v-7JaavE-6YAvrS

[3] the Austin American-Statesman reported: http://www.statesman.com/news/news/transportation/house-senate-on-different-paths-with-transportatio/nYnDr/

[4] Senate Joint Resolution 1 (SJR1): http://www.equipmentworld.com/texas-transportation-funding-proposal-heads-to-second-special-session/

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