Many folks are emailing me saying that the Sunset Review won't fix TxDOT. I don't expect miracles, but I do expect change at TxDOT, and change is always good for us, especially when we created the dialog.
I am hopeful, and here's why...
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced his appointments yesterday to the Sunset Advisory Commission. The appointments could be bad news for TxDOT, says the Dallas Blog article. Click on the new appointments below to see where they stand:
Sen. Glenn Hegar as Vice Chair (ran against TTC)Hegar, Stevens, and Hinojosa join Sen. Bob Deuell, Sen. Kim Brimer, and Sen. Craig Estes.
Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
Michael Stevens (public appointee - part of task force that released critical report on TxDOT in 2006)
Some of the members that were not mentioned in the article, that I was told last week by Sunset are also on the commission, include these Reps appointed by Craddick:
Rep Linda Harper-Brown (had a couple battles with TxDOT and Williamson)When I spoke with a staff member of the Sunset Review last week I was surprised that they knew my name and had been reading this Muckraker blog. Here are a couple other items I found out...
Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst (one of the most outspoken Reps!)
Rep. Carl Isett as Chair (Pro TTC? Maybe he'll see the light)
Rep. Ruth McClendon
Rep. Dan Flynn
The process will stretch into 2009. First the comments are due (next Monday). Then a report is put together by the Sunset staff with recommendations. The public hearings then take place. The commission decides on recommendations to the ledge. The agency is abolished or a bill is created and filed with the ledge to modify the agency. If the bill passes, the agency is modified. If the bill fails, the agency is automatically abolished.
The Sunset process has streamlined and changed state government. Since Sunset’s inception in 1978, 52 agencies have been abolished and another 12 agencies have been consolidated.