By Gordon Dickson, Star Telegram
Poor planning inside the Texas Department of Transportation -- and not a shortage of state or federal funding -- is to blame for an ongoing cash crunch that led the agency to stop most road work in 2008, members of two state Senate committees said.
"I think we have an agency in turmoil. I think we have an agency in chaos," state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, said during a joint meeting of the Senate finance and transportation committees in Austin. "I think it's intellectually dishonest to blame Congress or the state Legislature for problems caused by poor planning."
Transportation officials acknowledged that they had made planning mistakes -- for example, they overestimated how much they would receive from bond sales by hundreds of millions of dollars because they counted some proceeds twice.Read the rest of the article HERE