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After electric fee hike for solar flopped, state Rep. Drew Darby now wants to double vehicle registration fees for Texans
Thursday, Aug 23, 2012, 05:17PM CST
By Curt Olson
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As if the harrowing experience of waiting in line to renew one’s license weren’t enough, state Rep. Drew Darby has floated a plan for Texas motorists to pay more than double the current rate for a vehicle registration.

The San Angelo Republican recently spoke to residents in Abilene and Big Spring, which is between Abilene and Midland on Interstate 20, to discuss what he describes as a crisis in transportation funding. At an invitation-only meeting at the Abilene Country Club, Darby recommended the state obtain $1.2 billion a year for roads by increasing vehicle registrations $60, to more than $110 a year, the Abilene Reporter News reports.

In Texas the annual registration for a typical vehicle costs $52.75, though counties can tack on as much as $11.50 to the bill.

Darby said raising the state gas tax rate from its current 20 cents per gallon is off the table. Along with raising vehicle registrations to get money to build roads in a state with a growing population, he said lawmakers have other funding options, including enacting permit fees for commercial vehicles using Texas roads and inspection fees for semis hauling from Mexico. He also wants to examine how overweight vehicles damage roads.

Darby plays a key role in the Texas House of Representatives on transportation issues. He serves as chairman of the House Appropriation Committee’s subcommittee on transportation funding matters, and he also is vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

Darby has a history of proposing ideas that take money out of taxpayers’ wallets. In April 2011, he sought $1.2 billion a year from a surcharge on every residential, commercial and industrial electric rate payer in Texas to subsidize solar power. House Bill 2961 never received a hearing in the House Committee on State Affairs.

Darby paints a grim picture of a static funding stream from state gas tax and vehicle registrations. The rates for both taxes have had no increase in more than 20 years, according to the Reporter News.

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"We've issued about $17 billion in transportation improvement bonds, and those projects have been built and are being built today. We have chosen to move these projects forward, and we've basically issued a credit card, the state's credit card, and now all those bonds are out, and the credit card bill is due, plus interest. When you add the debt repayment and the interest and you keep the revenue stream relatively stagnant all these years, something's got to give, and in the year 2014 and beyond, there's no money for our Texas highway budget for any new roads in Texas."
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The lawmaker told an audience in Big Spring that the state’s bonded debt has risen from $17 billion to $41 billion since 2001, the Big Spring Herald reported.

The apparent maxed out credit line as Darby said combined with no new road construction money being available in 2014, creates another significant budget issue for state lawmakers.

Add transportation to Medicaid and public education funding and the bucketful of water projects now on the radar because of the drought, and Texas lawmakers will have billion-dollar budget headaches in January.

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Juan Reynoso
Friday, 09/21/2012 - 09:08PM

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Fellow Americans, are you ready for the economic collapse that will come next year?. The fiscal abuse done by this corrupt government by expending trillions of Dollars and getting us into this economic collapse is very close and nothing can be done to stop it; no this government or the financial system will be spare, our U.S. Government is bankrupt and most of the EU countries and banks are in a huge financial crisis and they will not be able to pull out of this crisis. Here in the U.S. we have 2533 banks that are in big financial crisis, they invested in the EU Financial Banks , this is a crisis done by our own Government, Bill Clinton and the Democrats on the housing mess, Bush getting our country into the wars and the Obama bail outs, our National debt is over 16 trillions and growing every day.

Now is the time to tell the truth to the American people, Politicians and the News media are holding the truth about what is going to take place in the next few months. After the elections the whole U.S. Economic will collapse. The ones responsible for this catastrophe is Washington corrupt politician, The U.S. Federal reserve Bank, The financial Institutions, including Wall Street. This will be a world financial crisis and not one can do anything to stop it, it is to late; they can kick the can and prolong the crisis and make it worse but save our economic and retain our standard of living it is impossible. We as individuals can save ourselves and survive this crisis by implementing a culture of interdependence and learn to work in unity to help each other to become the best we can be and contribute to the economic of our community. Interdependence should be the base for our community economic grows. We must develop our economic on trust, honesty, integrity and values, we must end the mentality of getting what we want at others expenses and by exploitation of others.

This is what is going to take place in our country:

1- Federal and State Government will cut expenses, no more bail outs and many federal jobs will be gone; city service will be cut, police force and many city jobs will be cut of.

2- Crime will grow as a result of unemployment, you need to be preparing to defend your property and family and get your neighborhood organized to establish security and deal with crimes.

3- We need to learn to establish community living and share expenses.

4- Transportation expenses can be minimized by carpooling.

5- Check your bank rating and change your account to a more safe banks

6- Keep your privacy, this government knows too much about you already, do not let people know about your values and property you own, do not become target of criminals.

7- Invest your money on tangible access, Gold-silver or land.

8- Shield your investments.

9- 6 Invest smart buy stocks on companies that will survive this crisis.

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