Press Release
From the Office of State Senator Glenn Hegar, District 18

For Immediate Release
March 14, 2007
Contact: Lisa Craven
(512) 463-0118

Senator Glenn Hegar Decries Federal Government's Call for Return of Federal Highway Funds

AUSTIN, TEXAS -- Senator Glenn Hegar was recently informed that the Federal Highway Administration has ordered Texas to return nearly $300 million in federal highway funds.

"It is, to put it mildly, very difficult to have our tax dollars returned and then taken right back. Texas is already a donor state--every year we send more to the federal government than we receive. This federal mandate could not come at a worse time. We need more of our tax dollars returned to Texas for roads, not less," said Senator Hegar.

The rapid growth of our state demands the continued maintenance and expansion of our roadways. Unfortunately most projects are put on hold for many years because the funds that are available go mostly to the upkeep of our current roadways. Only the most dire and overdue roadway improvements can be completed.

"We were already trying to catch a shark with a shoestring. That shoestring is rapidly fraying in the jaws of increased demands and decreased funding," Senator Hegar surmised.

The Texas Transportation Commission will hold a hearing on Thursday, March 22 to address how the state will comply with the ordered funding return. It is open to public testimony. Anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to contact the Texas Department of Transportation or Senator Hegar's office for instructions on how they may participate.