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A reelection challenge (almost) as big as Texas

The Washington Post

April 25, 2017

Texas Rep. Will HurdTORNILLO, Tex. — Midterm elections are known to be brutal on the party in power, and if there is an anti-Republican wave in 2018, look for it to touch shore right here.

The vast, volatile 23rd Congressional District of Texas is bigger in area than 29 states. It stretches from San Antonio to El Paso and includes about one-third of the entire U.S.-Mexico border.

Its overwhelmingly Latino electorate last year went for Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race. But it also reelected a Republican to the U.S. House — one of fewer than two dozen in the country to split that way.

Rep. Will Hurd narrowly won a second term in what turned out to be the most expensive House race in Texas history. Democrats have put Hurd’s seat in their top five targets in 2018. He will also be running to beat the fickle tendencies of a district that has ousted four different incumbents since 2006.

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Rep. Burrows files bill for I-27 extension study

Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

January 10, 2017

State Rep. Dustin Burrows wants Texas to study the proposed extension of Interstate 27.

The day before the state’s 85th Legislature convenes, Burrows filed a bill that would direct the Texas Department of Transportation to conduct a feasibility study on extending Interstate 27 from Lubbock to Laredo along the Ports- to-Plains map.

The bill calls for a study analyzing the cost and the impact to be complete by 2019.

“The bill would direct TxDOT to examine a critically needed expansion of I-27, which currently ends in Lubbock,” Burrows said of the Amarillo to Lubbock highway. “Given the economic and population growth West Texas has experienced during the last 20 years, the continuation of the interstate to Laredo would allow for further industry and business expansion along the route.”

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Texans to Vote on Plan to Boost Road Funding

Under the transportation funding deal reached by Pickett and Senate Transportation Chairman Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, Texans will be asked to amend the state constitution to dedicate $2.5 billion of the general sales tax to the highway fund beginning in 2017 — as well as a portion of future motor vehicle sales taxes beginning in 2019.

photo by: Marjorie Kamys CoteraTexas Tribune

June 1, 2015

The Texas Legislature voted Saturday to ask the state's voters in November to approve a plan to boost annual transportation funding by billions of dollars.

The House passed Senate Joint Resolution 5 by a vote of 142-1. State Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston, was the only "no" vote. The Senate approved the resolution earlier in the day. The measure will now be added to the Nov. 3 ballot.

“Not everybody gets everything that they wanted," House Transportation Chairman Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, told the House before the vote. "But I think we have a really good mixture of what we can proudly vote for and ask the public for their support.”     Read on…

The Texas Tribune is a nonpartisan, nonprofit media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them – about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.


Texas House tentatively OKs $3 billion annual boost for roads

Dallas Morning News

April 30, 2015

The Legislature is poised to give a multibillion-dollar annual boost to the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation, potentially allowing the state to at least draw even in the battle to maintain its highways.

The House on Thursday voted 138-3 in favor of shifting more than $3 billion in existing revenue to nontoll roads. In March, the Senate approved a similar transportation enhancement of $2.5 billion or more each year.

That overwhelming, two-pillared support marks a milestone for transportation-minded lawmakers. They struggled in years past to rally enthusiasm in either chamber for such a large infusion of money to address the aging of the state’s highway infrastructure. Read on...