In February, we had Sunset Review member Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa blast TxDOT.
Now, we have another powerful Sunset Review member stepping up! Rep. Linda Harper-Brown. This is good news, as the Sunset Review board could severly alter TxDOT as we know it, or even chuck it and start fresh with a new agency! Stay tuned to this blog for the latest. Expect a public hearing soon, and please plan to go.
See who else is on the committee, and how they might feel about TxDOT, here an article I did in January called, "TxDOT critics appointed to Sunset Advisory Commission".
By GORDON DICKSON, Star-Telegram
FORT WORTH -- The Texas Department of Transportation has done more harm to the public's trust of state government than any other agency and needs to be overhauled, Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, said Wednesday.
Harper-Brown also told the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition on Wednesday that the Transportation Department has failed to build roads necessary to reduce congestion, and has overstated its financial problems to win public support for toll roads.
"TxDot used to be a premier agency in America. It's not any more. Other states have better roads," Harper-Brown told the group.
Harper-Brown is a member of the Sunset Review Commission, which periodically reviews state agencies to determine whether they're still necessary. Commission members are expected to grill Transportation Department officials during hearings this summer.Harper-Brown said she is researching how agencies in states such as Florida build and manage their transportation projects while sticking to firm deadlines and keeping lawmakers and the public informed about finances.
She said the Texas Transportation Department lacks transparency about its finances and often refuses to answer basic questions from lawmakers. "If there is not a major change at TxDot, I'm not sure the Legislature will vote to give them more money."
Read the rest of the article HERE.