While Texas needs to be investing more to maintain and improve our physical infrastructure, Texas’ human infrastructure is also in need of some serious attention.
Consider Proposition 1, passed by Texas voters. Proposition 1 will divert over $1 billion into the state highway fund that would have otherwise flowed into the Economic Stabilization Fund (rainy-day fund).
Imagine if Texans voted to allocate the same resources to human infrastructure that they have to roads and water projects.
Even with Proposition 1’s Highway Fund diversion, the Economic Stabilization Fund will weigh in at over $8 billion come 2015.
Members of the 84th Legislature should use this vast resource, resist destabilizing tax cuts, and recognize and reject legislation that only robs Peter to pay Paul.
As the 84th Legislature approaches, Texas lawmakers should take the opportunity to find sustainable, adequate sources of funding not only for our highways, but for all public services.
— Dennis Borel, Executive Director, Coalition of Texans with Disabilities, Austin