NPT Capitol: TxDoT in line for a complete overhaul
TxDoT is having a rough day.
A bunch of bills regarding TxDoT are being heard today in the House Committee of Transportation. A fair few of them call for TxDoT to be abolished all together. Testimony has been heard from citizens from all across the state, people are wearing anti-toll and anti-TTC t-shirts and every now and then almost everyone seems to applause when someone says anything remotely construed as TxDoT bashing.
State Rep. Yvonne Davis just asked a great question to state Rep. Carl Isett who chairs the Sunset Advisory Commission and is giving testimony over TxDoT’s sunset bill HB 300, which he authored. The bill calls for a complete overhaul of TxDoT including making sure it is brought under legislative oversight, increases transparency and drives decision-making local.
Davis’ question went roughly as follows: If we are going to make all these changes to TxDoT then why don’t we just completely start over from scratch? That led to applause from the committee gallery…and an answer from Isett: “That is effectively what we are doing…the goal of this report is to do exactly what you say and that is to have a whole new agency.”
Isett said his bill would, “change the agency from top to bottom” and create a “whole new paradigm” so that localities could “chart there own destinies.”
It’s TxDoT, but not as we know it!
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