Gov. Perry on Transportation

Gov. Perry pioneered innovative infrastructure solutions for a rapidly growing state by promoting private investment. Transportation infrastructure is critical to the economy and quality of life of Texans. Under Gov. Perry, Texas has made dramatic strides to improve roads, railroads, airports, seaports and mass transit, ensuring Texans and the economy can keep moving forward.

  • Local Control. Beginning in 2001, Gov. Perry supported, and the Texas Legislature approved, a series of road and rail financing tools to enable regions of the state to develop their own transportation solutions. Texas voters have since played a large role in approving transportation initiatives. In 2001, Texas voters approved constitutional amendments to create the Texas Mobility Fund and approve toll roads, and in later years approve railroad relocation and highway construction bonds. Gov. Perry has consistently supported decentralizing transportation decision-making by empowering Texas’ regional leaders to decide how to best fund and build urban transportation systems and utilizing a variety of tools including Regional Mobility Authorities which allow local transportation implementation.
  • Ending Budget Diversions. More than 1,000 people move to Texas everyday, making it increasingly important that we utilize all funding available to maintain our transportation infrastructure. Currently, billions of dollars are diverted from our state’s transportation fund for other purposes. Gov. Perry supports ending these diversions and took Texas in the right direction by signing a budget for 2010-11 that ended more than $300 million in transportation diversions, putting them back to helping build and maintain roads.
  • Help For New Roads. During the 81st Legislature’s special session, legislation was passed authorizing and appropriating $2 billion of the Proposition 12 bonds authorized by voters in November 2007. While bonding can be an effective short-term solution for funding projects, Gov. Perry continues to pursue innovative, long-term transportation funding solutions for our state’s perpetually growing transportation needs, which include ending budget diversions from the state’s transportation fund and securing more dollars from Washington for roads – for years, Washington has short-changed Texas taxpayers, returning only 70 cents of every dollar Texas sends to Washington for highway construction and maintenance.

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High Praise for Governor Perry's State of the State Address.

The reviews are in, and the consensus is that Governor Perry hit a home run with his fifth State of the State address.

Peggy Venable of Americans For Prosperity gave the speech high marks:

"While the federal government is mortgaging our children’s future, local governments are growing four times faster than Texans’ paychecks, and most states are facing staggering budget deficits, Texas is a beacon of fiscal responsibility.

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The State of the State.

Today, Governor Perry delivered his State of the State address. So far, the reception from think-tanks, grassroots leaders, and community groups has been fantastic.

The Texas Public Policy Foundation applauded Governor Perry for his fiscal responsibility, while the Texas Medical Association applauded the Governor for his "vision and leadership."

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New ID Cards Keep Texas Safe

This week we took an important step forward in making Texas and its residents safer. The Texas Department of Public Safety will now require non-U.S. citizens to prove they are in this country legally before they can get a driver's license from the state. Once they do, the license will have a "Temporary Visitor" notice with the card's expiration date clearly printed.

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New Rules for ID Cards, Driver's Licenses

October 9, 2008
Austin American-Statesman
By: Miguel Liscano
Immigrants must now prove they are in the United States legally to obtain new driver's licenses and identification cards, which will indicate their status, under new Texas Department of Public Safety rules.

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Gov. Perry Praises DPS for New Driver License Guidelines

October 8, 2008
<p> <strong>Regulations require proof of lawful status for non U.S. citizens or non permanent residents</strong> </p> <p> AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today praised the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) for implementing new guidelines requiring non U.S. citizens to present proof they are in this country legally before being issued an original, renewal or duplicate Texas driver license or identification card. </p> <p> “Texas is a great place to live and work, and while we welcome legally documented individuals to the Lone Star State, we must ensure that this privilege is not abused by those seeking to enter our country illegally,” Gov. Perry said. “The safety of Texans remains a paramount concern of my administration, and these new guidelines will provide additional security.” </p>

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State Leadership Agrees to Transportation Funding Solutions

August 21, 2008
AUSTIN – Today, Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Speaker Craddick sent a letter to Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Deirdre Delisi, which identifies additional long-term solutions to Texas’ transportation funding challenges.

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Delisi and Meadows Appointed to Texas Transportation Commission

April 30, 2008
<h3>Perry Names Delisi as Chair</h3> <p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today appointed Deirdre Delisi of Austin and William Meadows of Fort Worth to the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees the Texas Department of Transportation. Their terms expire Feb.1, 2013.</p> <p>&quot;Texas faces serious challenges in providing a transportation infrastructure that will sustain our state&rsquo;s rapid pace of population and trade growth,&quot; said Gov. Perry. &quot;Both Deirdre and Bill have the integrity and expertise to ensure that these needs are met efficiently and responsibly. I am confident their contribution to the commission will maintain the momentum of the late Commissioner Ric Williamson&rsquo;s pioneering vision, and secure comprehensive transportation solutions that will reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and keep our state&rsquo;s doors open to economic growth and success.&quot;</p>

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Gov. Perry: Congress Should Reject a Proposed Tripling of the Federal Gas Tax

January 15, 2008
<p>AUSTIN &ndash; Gov. Rick Perry today criticized the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission&rsquo;s recommendations to triple the federal gas tax from its current 18.4 cents to nearly 60 cents per gallon (with a series of five tax increases over five years) and curtail states&rsquo; ability to leverage the capital and innovation of the private sector. Adding an even harsher blow to taxpayers, the commission encouraged states to follow suit and simultaneously raise their own gas taxes at an even higher rate than the proposed federal increase. Congress must reject these recommendations.</p>

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