JoAnn Fleming

  • Grassroots to TxDOT: 'Read our lips - No new toll taxes!'

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    Read our lips: “No new toll taxes!”

    Grassroots Coalition of 67 Organizations Call Out

    Transportation Agencies for Breaking Governor’s 

    Promise for No More Toll Roads


    (November 8, 2017 — Austin, Texas) Today, a Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition project led by Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF), Texans for Toll-free Highways, and Grassroots America was hand-delivered to Gov. Greg Abbott and his new Transportation Commission Chair, Bruce Bugg. The Coalition letterinsists that the Transportation Commission, TxDOT, and all related mobility authorities make good on Governor Abbott’s promise to build needed roads without new toll taxes. The Coalition project was launched in response to last week’s proposal by TxDOT to the Transportation Commission to approve over a dozen new toll projects in the state’s ten-year plan. Fifteen of the 17 projects are toll projects, including I-35 in Austin and San Antonio, I-635E in Dallas, I-45 in Houston, and Loop 1604 on San Antonio.

    JoAnn Fleming, Grassroots America’s Executive Director said of the latest proposal for new toll projects, “Apparently, the state and local transportation bureaucracies didn’t get Gov. Abbott’s memo during his first campaign for Governor and haven’t listened ever since. The Governor has repeatedly underscored his vow to get Texas off the toll road and debt scheme. He’s made it clear he wants the state on a pay-as-you-go plan for road construction, and voters have approved the funding.
  • Trump coalition letter presses Abbott to keep 'No Toll' promise

    Link to story on it here.

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    Coalition's call for 'No new toll taxes' from Trump creates problem for Abbott in Dallas

    Grassroots Coalition wants Governor to keep his promise, while they go on offense against Trump plan for tolls

    (April 18, 2018 - Austin, Texas) The Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition's latest project - strong opposition to parts of the Trump infrastructure plan, which calls for toll roads and corporate welfare public/private partnerships - is being led by Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF), Texans for Toll-free Highways, and Grassroots America - We the People PAC. The Coalition's opposition was voiced in a letter to President Donald J. Trump and expresses widespread displeasure among Texas conservative grassroots leaders with Trump's infrastructure plan.

    "While some have called the Trump proposal DOA on Capitol Hill, we take nothing for granted and made the trip to D.C. to deliver it to the White House personally to ensure the President got the message from a BIG, red state with 38 electoral votes - we don't want tolls!" declares Terri Hall, Founder/Director of Texans for Toll-free Highways and Texas TURF.

    JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director for Grassroots America - We the People PAC stated, "We are much more confident that Texas - under the leadership of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick - will make much sounder transportation decisions than the far-flung bureaucracy in Washington, which makes no actual progress in stopping wasteful practices or balancing the federal budget! This is why we support a federal block grant of our federal highway funds back to Texas with a bare minimum of federal strings."

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