Tonedeaf in Austin

Seems Vicki Truitt, our very own state rep is a little tonedeaf:

Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Keller, the House sponsor, was questioned about the measure at a recent meeting of the Tarrant County Republican Executive Committee. Of the more than 300 precinct chairs who compose the committee, “in excess of 50 percent” are opposed to the bill, said Tarrant County Republican Chairwoman Stephanie Klick, herself included.

“Our precinct chairmen are pretty skeptical,” said Klick. “Every day we’re hearing about a new proposal to raise taxes out of D.C. People feel kind of tapped out right now financially. This is not a time to be raising taxes.”

Truitt wasn’t discouraged by the views espressed at that meeting, though. “I didn’t perceive it to be a bad meeting at all,” she said in a phone interview Friday. “People recognize we have a serious problem (with transportation) and we need to do something about it. I invited them to be part of the process so we could incorporate their thoughts and concerns in the bill.”

And even better news:

Although the most visible opposition is coming from conservative circles, Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, said there is also concern among urban Democratic lawmakers worried about the impact of added fees on low- and middle-income constituents. Veasey is co-sponsoring an alternative that would base funding on sales taxes.

“I’d say the buzz among the members right now is that it’s not looking too good,” Veasey said of the bill’s chances for passage before the Legislature adjourns just over two months from now. “With the economy the way it is right now, it’s really driving a lot of members’ decision on it,” he said.

When the Keller City Council voted to approve a resolution to support the new transportation bill, I gave them a pass because it almost felt like it was a quid pro quo with our County Commissioner since he pushed through the new Rufe Snow money.  Maybe this bill will die a quick death and save us all a bunch of heartache.

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One response to “Tonedeaf in Austin

  • Thomas

    I agree with your assesment of the Keller council vote to back the Truitt proposal.

    I am not a fan of Veasey’s sales tax proposal. Almost every transit system in the country that is backed with sales tax money is making cutbacks in service and raising fares. Sales tax is not a stable source of income to fund transportation.

    Since sales taxes are considered regressive and consume more of a low or middle income persons total income than a high income earner, I don’t know why he wants to do that.

    The Truitt bill is a consensus of area leaders best ideas to come up with something after sales taxes were rejected as an option by community leaders. The final decision to implement any fees and taxes will be up to us, the voters.

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