6/03/2008

Sunset Staff Report on TxDOT now Available online - MARK JULY 15TH ON YOUR CALENDAR, WE NEED EVERYONE THERE TO DEMAND TXDOT LEADERSHIP IS ELECTED!

Dear Recipient:

The Sunset Staff Report on the Texas Department of Transportation, as submitted to the Sunset Advisory Commission, is available for your review on our website, www.sunset.state.tx.us. To request a hard copy of this report, contact our office. The Sunset C ommission has scheduled a public hearing on this report for July 15, 2008. At that time public testimony will be taken. An agenda specifying the meeting time and location will be available on our website as soon as the meeting has been posted.

If you would like to comment on this report, the Sunset Commission would appreciate hearing from you. Please provide your written response to the recommendations in the staff report, indicating your support or opposition, as well as suggesting any modifications you feel would improve the recommendations. In addition, you may raise other issues or provide any additional information you would like the Sunset Commission to consider. If you return your response by Tuesday, June 24, we can provide this information to the Sunset Commission members before the public hearing. As a public record, your response will also be posted on the Sunset website. Thank you for your assistance with the Sunset review process.

Sunset Advisory Commission
PO Box 13066
Austin, TX 78711
Phone: (512) 463-1300
Fax: (512) 463-0705
e-mail address: sunset@sunset.state.tx.us

Joey Longley
Director
Sunset Advisory Commission

5 comments:

Peter Stern said...

Just mandating elections to select a commissioner is NOT going to do away with special interests ruling over who gets the position.

There must be more oversight than that, say, getting the legislature to change the special interest campaign financing laws first!

Special interests just buy a bill or official and we need to stop that practice NOW!

Anonymous said...

Maybe I need someone to connect the dots (no, not those dots!) for me, but right now, I'm feeling a little underwhelmed.

steve b said...

Elected might be better than appointed--

but the Sunset recommendation to replace 3 appointed w/ 1 appointed is kind of lame, isn't it?

seems kind of like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

only value is conveying that people are unhappy w/ TxDOT. Well, duh!

Anonymous said...

There's one fatal flaw with all of this. The Sunset Commission's recommendations ultimately have to be implemented via a bill introduced in the legislature. This means Tricky Ricky can engage in all kinds of shenanigans to make sure that a bill friendly to his interests gets through, not limited to vetoing the bill or threatening to bring the Lege back for special session after special session until they give him what he wants. As evidenced by the Swiss-cheese toll road moratorium last year, they'll cave, no question about it.

Sal Costello Sal@TexasTollParty.com said...

ann,

It's now 5 appointed, not 3.