Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick asked TxDOT for a formal audit of "the entire financial process of TxDOT" yesterday - says the Houston Chronicle.
The state auditor will dig deep on this audit. The State Auditor found Billions of dollars worth of lies with TxDOT's numbers, from just skimming the surface last year:
- AUDITOR: $45 Billion in error or undocumented 4/07.
- AUDITOR: TTC-35 alone would cost $105.6 Billion 2/07
Via Texas Monthly Burka Blog:
What we are seeing here is that TxDOT without Ric Williamson is a paper tiger. There is nobody who understands the Legislature from the inside out the way Williamson did–or, for that matter, can defend the Perry plan the way he could, as a true believer. I don’t see how Deirdre Delisi or Mike Krusee can fill his shoes. I seriously doubt that the Senate will confirm anyone to the Transportation Commission who is viewed as a Perry sidekick. This letter, and the looming Sunset review of the agency, do not bode well for TxDOT. I don’t think that it is any coincidence that this letter was sent during a primary election. Both Craddick and Dewhurst are hearing from members that the public is still mad as hell about toll roads.