Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement Monday evening following votes on House Joint Resolution 2 and House Bill 16:
“I would like to thank the members who worked so diligently in an effort to address some of our transportation needs during these two special sessions. As today’s vote shows, members have become increasingly uncomfortable with the idea of diverting and indefinitely dedicating funds away from the Rainy Day Fund to roads. These funds were never intended to be a stable, long-term way to address our transportation needs.
“Diverting a capped amount of money from the Rainy Day fund to repair roads is much like using a Band-Aid to cover a pothole; in the end, you still have a pothole and you’ve spent a lot of money without solving the fundamental problem. Legislators know that Texas needs a much more comprehensive approach to funding our growing state’s growing transportation needs, and another 30-day special session will not change that. Until members are free to consider real options — beyond simply shuffling taxes from one purpose to another — we will not find a responsible solution to this issue.
“One of the hallmarks of this year’s regular legislative session was the way legislators came together to develop long-term, responsible policies to meet Texas’ growing needs. Developing a similar long-term, responsible plan to truly address Texas’ growing transportation needs is going to take much more time and an approach that focuses on the best solution for the people of Texas.”