Legislators fund roads; pet projects ignored

Late Monday night, the third special session of the 83rd Texas Legislature finished its work with sine die after adopting a resolution that would steer $1.2 billion toward road funding.

We congratulate legislators on addressing roads and water (such as it were), and we think Texas’ reputation for putting anything that requires spending on the back burner has been temporarily cooled. After the Texas Department of Transportation said it would allow some beat-up South Texas roads to revert from pavement to gravel, it seemed to have grabbed plenty of attention. Other states were using Texas’ lack of vision and infrastructure investment in their own economic development efforts, telling potential business recruits, “Don’t go to Texas — they don’t have water or roads.”

Initially, rural legislators justifiably worried that most of the TxDOT additional funding would just go to urban areas. Other legislators didn’t want to tap rainy day funds for roads.

Amidst all the action in the 83rd legislature, Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) continued his attention grab with his eyes on higher office.

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