Messer Commentary KTSA Monday, January 5, 2004
TTC Keeping Toll Road Schemes Secret
Every now and then, citizens rise up to stop some stupid government scheme. A good recent example is tailpipe emissions tests here.
But the people can raise their voices only if they know something is being planned. And right now, the Texas Transportation Commission does not want people to know what toll road schemes it will consider. Secrecy is the disgusting and illegal opposite of open government.
TTC refuses to release advance information about ideas it will vote on, at its public meetings. It has made decisions on allowing paid-for highways to be converted to toll roads with virtually no notice or public input.
Most people have no idea this is happening.
Taxpayers should demand open government. We do demand it. The Texas Transportation Commission must be pulled from its star chamber and made to be accountable to taxpayers and voters who must live with these toll road schemes.
Brad Messer commentary, KTSA.
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