Thursday, November 17, 2005

Toll road protest

San Juan residents, accompanied by United Farm Workers members, hit the Capitol steps in Austin today to protest a toll road that would run not just through that city, but right over the UFW grounds.

They're not alone in their fight: State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, Gov. Rick Perry's main opponent in the Republican primary, also opposes the planned tollway.

This is being pushed as a county issue, not a state project, so we really can't blame this on Austin politicians (although the Texas Department of Transportation could still build the road on its own). But this is the Valley, so keep one thing in mind: Who will get the contracts for this toll road?


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