Senator Jane Nelson
P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
Fax (512) 463-0923

OFFICIAL STATEMENT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 8, 2007
Contact: Dave Nelson
(817) 424-3446

STATEMENT ON CO-AUTHORSHIP OF SB 1267 RELATING TO TOLL CONTRACTS

"There is a growing discomfort among citizens about the rush to toll so many roads in our region and about turning over highway construction to a foreign company. The author of this legislation, who served on the Texas Transportation Commission, helped me better understand what the state is giving up by entering into these contracts that have yet to be fully disclosed. Non-compete clauses prevent the state from building roads that would compete with toll roads, buyback provisions require us to repay the up-front money and the operators have unlimited authority to raise toll rates. Acting in haste now is not worth the long-term costs to taxpayers."

Senator Jane Nelson, R-Lewisville, represents District 12, encompassing parts of Tarrant and Denton counties.

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