Transit and Infrastructure

State and local funds for highways, roads, and general infrastructure should be spent wisely and effectively as Texans’ daily lives are affected by how this money is spent. As Texans, we should count on lawmakers to maintain the roads and bridges we already have and be weary of expensive, capital intensive single-route infrastructure plans such as the high speed rail between Dallas and Houston. While these ideas may sound good on the surface, the costs, debt, and personal freedom consequences through the wide use of eminent domain that would needed to obtain the land outweigh any potential benefits. Texas should also stray from funding infrastructure with debt as this results in a tax hike on future generations. If transportation is to be a key priority of the state, there are several areas of waste and earmarks in the budget that should be reprioritized to this function.