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Texas DOT seeks private-sector funding for road maintenance

GasBuddy Blog -- In comparison to the rest of the country, the Texas economy is booming, but that doesn't change the state government's frugality...

Last week the Texas Transportation Commission approved a rule change enabling the Texas Department of Transportation to accept private donations to pay for roadside upkeep. That work may also include maintenance at safety rest areas and litter control. The sponsorship program, expected to launch this spring, could provide up to $3.5 million annually in additional revenue.

Why don't more states work this way?

“We applaud TxDOT for thinking creatively and discovering new ways to improve our state and save Texans money,” said Chairman Ted Houghton, Texas Transportation Commission...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Feb 11, 2013 12:01:48 AM

slowtrain: if you haven't noticed, this is a Gasbuddy BLOG. It's not news. It's the opinion of one of the GB gods, i.e. Patrick DeHaan, Senior Analyst at GB.
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slowtrain
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:48:15 PM

Yesterday's news.
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LuckyLou1
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:48:03 PM

Leading the way again
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DeserTBoB
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:22:54 PM

What this'll do is spawn a whole new era of greed-controlled tollways and bridges, JUST LIKE WE HAD in the 1920s, until bridge collapses and murderous tolls forced local, state and the Federal government to start taking over highways, which they did starting around 1925. Texas is one of THE dumbest states in the Union....everything they do reeks of stupidity.

By the way....California has had "gifting" of road cleanup for over 25 years....WAY before Texas.
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farmboyTN
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:50:03 AM

Go Texas....We like the way Texas government works.
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isem
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:09:09 AM

An opposite approach to that which Obumma and his band of criminals would employ…
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D4444J
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:01:32 AM

Good for Texas!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 6:01:22 AM

I hope it works
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:58:34 AM

Good for them
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:58:04 AM

I hope they are successful.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:56:39 AM

Texas govt works
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wingryder92
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:56:32 AM

Texas leads the nation in innovations as usual.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:54:57 AM

I actually like what Texas has been doing
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GoGoGoodyear
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:52:40 AM


Well as long as it's voluntary donations instead of higher taxes that's ok. I suppose at least a few businesses will donate money to that program in exchange for putting up their advertising sign along the highway so it's really no different for them than paying for a billboard.

The article mentions trash pickup, mowing and vegetation cleanup. I wonder what ever happened to having jail inmates do that kind of work?
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:52:11 AM

old news
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pfone1847
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:50:15 AM

More state and local government should be frugal. Might send a message to the wasteful crooks in washington.
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AvantiMick
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:50:07 AM

OK.
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greshams
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:47:46 AM

start refunding the tax money back to the people in that state.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:40:15 AM

Old News
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:36:08 AM

Hope it works out
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:28:32 AM

New trend.
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Nancy&Len
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:26:11 AM

Ohio is doing something similar.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:25:06 AM

Just don't sell the roads
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:24:35 AM

More states ARE looking at financing in this way.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:20:52 AM

More taxes comming
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:18:23 AM

Good idea.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:15:10 AM

do the workers get a raise
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:13:58 AM

donations?? hahaha! The state already gets massive private-sector donations. It is called state sales tax. If I see a pot hole out there, I suppose I can stop and dump a bag of ready mix concrete into it. How's that for yer britches Prick Perry?
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:04:28 AM

Sounds good.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 5:00:17 AM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:57:48 AM

probably do better job
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:47:09 AM

Old news
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:46:31 AM

Good for Them.
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tomok
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:46:10 AM

Texas DOT seeks private-sector funding for road maintenance. Private donations to pay for roadside upkeep, more states should do this! A first impression for people driving into the state, this is good and will keep the rest areas and travel information centers looking just a little better.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:45:46 AM

Good for Texas.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:41:56 AM

Great post harleydoctor.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:36:51 AM

Good for them!
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:33:26 AM

sounds like it is a good idea
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:28:28 AM

I agree, with harleydoctor.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:26:46 AM

Sound like a good idea.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:26:32 AM

Could be a good idea
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:14:44 AM

Advertizing ON the road
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Brucevanf
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 4:11:09 AM

All good ideas but with the price of fuel so high everyone has less money to give
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:59:59 AM

That is a novel idea. Maybe they could use some boy & girl scouts to help out. They could get a merit badge for maintenance & some of the rest areas would be a great place for studying the trees & plants. Besides the state already employs some people who could give nature talks to the scouts.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:59:17 AM

Good for Texas.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:55:22 AM

...put some of the execs out there on the roadside...
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:50:40 AM

All the pols know how to do is spend, spend, spend.
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speedys
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:49:11 AM

People pay taxes and then have to donate for upkeep. It don't sound right to me.
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:44:10 AM

Novel
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Message Posted: Feb 9, 2013 3:43:15 AM

Makes sense
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