Grassroots Coalition Issues Strong Support
for Abbott’s I-35 Non-toll Expansion
“Special interests plan to stall I-35 expansion to set Governor Abbott up
to break his no-toll promise to the people of Texas!”
(March 24, 2020— Austin, Texas)Today, Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition leaders from Grassroots America - We the People PAC, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF), and Texans for Toll-free Highways released a statementstrongly supporting Governor Greg Abbott and his Texas Transportation Commission’s decision tofully fund the Interstate-35 expansion through downtown Austinasnon-toll.The Coalition noted the Commission has prioritizedexistingfunding to get this major project underwaywithout adding to the tax burden of working families.
Background:JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director of Grassroots America stated, “During his first gubernatorial campaign and throughout his administration,Governor Abbott consistently promisedto fix state transportation woes without raising taxes, fees, debt, or tolls, and that’s precisely why164 grassroots conservative political opinion leaders – influencers – representing 133 unique groups and districts across Texas– are supporting Abbott’s non-toll I-35 Expansion, which includes 12 segments on the state’s 100Most Congested Roads List for 2019. For Governor Abbott, it’s simply a matter of ‘Promises Made – Promises Kept.’ Now that state leaders are admitting the 87thlegislative session budget process will be a painful nightmare with unfolding economic hits from the coronavirus pandemic and oil price collapse, we are stepping forwardnowto have the Governor’s back.”