This Thursday, March 1st is Sen. Carona’s special hearing on transportation policy. Meaning toll policy, public private partnerships and the TTC. AAS transportation writer Ben Wear has already pre-determined that the hearing will be “zoo” because it will be held in a 200 seat auditorium instead of a smaller hearing room. He also believes that as long as 39% and last term Krusee are guiding transportation policy the TTC is a slam dunk. We’ll see.
The Thursday hearing, the subject of much excitement among anti-tollsters on the Web, is scheduled to go all day, another rarity for legislative hearings not involving the state budget or school finance. Will it lead to any radical change in state policy? Probably not as long as Perry lives at 11th and Colorado streets and the House Transportation Committee is run by Perry/Williamson ally Rep. Mike Krusee, a Williamson County Republican.
Penny Langford-Freeman: District Director for Congressman Ron Paul
Hank Gilbert: 2006 Democratic Candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner
Liz McIntyre: Co-author of Spychips: How Major Corporations and Government Plan to Track Your Every Purchase and Watch Your Every Move
Michael Badnarik: Libertarian candidate for President in 2004
John Dromgoole: The Natural Gardener
Judith McGeary: Executive Director, Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
Linda Curtis: Executive Director of Independent Texans
David Stall: Co-Founder of Corridor Watch
Terri Hall: Regional Director, San Antonio Toll Party
Alex Jones: National radio broadcaster and documentary filmmaker
Gina Parker: National Issues Chairman, Eagle Forum
That’s quite a diverse group. It just goes to show that bad public policy can be realized by everyone. The rally is also to address the problems with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which you can find out all about here.