Toll authority "got everything it wanted" from lawmakers in Austin
At the Alamo RMA's July Board Meeting, its illegally hired taxpayer-funded lobbyist, Brian Cassidy gave a report on how well he did bringing home the anti-taxpayer legislation in Austin during the 82nd legislative session. Texas Govt Code Chapter 556 specifically prohibits state money from being used to hire lobbyists. Here's what the RMA's lobbyist "got" them: the right of first refusal to develop all toll roads in its jurisdiction, the right to own all state highways it tolls in perpetuity, the ability to raid tolls from one corridor to give it to another, the re-authorization of design-build CDA contracts that eliminate low-bid competitive bidding, and the right to levy toll taxes in perpetuity. All this by UN-elected boards!