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Gas taxes at work.

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/19/1933.asp

Texas Department of Transportation Uses Gas Tax Money to Lobby for Toll Roads
Activists urge investigation of Texas Department of Transportation
lobbying on behalf of toll roads.

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The San Antonio Express News reported Monday that an internal TxDOT memo
entitled "Keep Texas Moving: Tolling and Trans-Texas Corridor Outreach"
suggested the agency would spend $7-9 million promoting the tolling
concept. In February, the state auditor’s office chided TxDOT for hiding
lobbying expenses behind other, legitimate expenses.

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The multi-million dollar public relations campaign began in June with
paid advertisements and a slick website called Keep Texas Moving, which
promotes the 4000-mile Trans-Texas Corridor proposal. Expected to be up
to 1200 feet wide, the toll road will cost between $145 and $183 billion
to construct and require acquisition of 9000 square miles of land.

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