Transportation Bills Also Fails in Last Night's Special Session 6/26/13
June 26, 2013
Trucks roar by FM 1788 headed to oil fields all over the Basin.
“I drive all the way to Seminole all the way up to Abeline,” said Mark Archuletta, a truck driver.
With the oil boom showing no signs of slowing down traffic continues to get more congested and dangerous.
“It’s real dangerous you kind of take your life into your own hands every day you go to work out here,” said Ernie Washburn, a truck driver for an oil field company.
Senate Joint Resolution Two called for oil and gas severance taxes to be diverted from the rainy day fund to the state highway fund.
“Honestly it’s not going to affect West Texas,” said James Beauchamp of MOTRAN Alliance.
He says while any bit of the new money is better than none at all, he believes West Texas would have seen very little of the 900 million dollars slated for the fund
“It’s going to go to Dallas, it’s going to go to Fort Worth, it’s going to go to Houston, it’s going to go to Austin and San Antonio,” he said.
Still Ector County Commissioner Freddie Gardner remains hopeful funds will make their way to the basin if the bills is passed in next weeks special session.
“I know Governor Perry and the entire legislature realizes how important the transportation bill is, so I think it will pass without any problem,” he said.