Friday, September 14, 2007

Veto-Proof Tolling-Restriction Amendment in Congress?

The racket that is tolling seems to have been momentarily turned back with an amendment added to the federal transportation and housing funding bill that would place a one-year moratorium on tolling on federal highways in Texas. President Bush has threatened to veto the bill, but The Texas Observer senses that the Senate vote (88-7) signals a successful override of a Bush veto.

The Tennessee delegation made no amendments to the bill restricting tolling of federal highways here, which would seem to leave our governor free and clear to continue to move toward public-private tolling systems. I would like to see more effort made to put the same limits on tolling in Tennessee that seem to be about to be implemented in Texas.

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