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TEXAS FIRST SMART ECONOMY. STRONG COMMUNITIES. SECURE FAMILIES. “Putting Texas first means investing in the

TEXAS FIRST

SMART ECONOMY. STRONG COMMUNITIES. SECURE FAMILIES.

“Putting Texas first means investing in the infrastructure that will strengthen our economy.”

- Senator Leticia Van de Putte

ROADS AND BRIDGES:

Building roads for the 21 st century

Texas is a rapidly growing state. The population of Texas grew by 4.2 million people, or 20%, from 2000 to 2010 and is expected to continue growing to almost 30 million residents by 2025. With approximately 1,000 people moving to Texas each day, Leticia understands the urgency of investing in our state’s infrastructure so that our families can keep moving and our economy can continue to thrive.

For too long, the Legislature has failed to invest in our transportation infrastructure, leaving our state with no option but to pay for projects by taking on debt. Unfortunately, the state has now reached its borrowing capacity and is paying over $1 billion in debt service. Leticia knows that relying on borrowed money is not smart for our state’s economy and that our growing transportation needs can no longer be addressed by taking on more debt. It is time for the state to develop a plan that will address Texas’

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infrastructure challenges, while remaining fiscally responsible and avoiding increased debt.

According to a recent study, Texas loses approximately $10 billion dollars every year to traffic congestion. As small business owners, the Van de Putte family knows the importance of timely transporting of products quickly throughout our state and our country. Since 1958, the Van de Putte family has been manufacturing and selling flags to organizations, companies, and individual families throughout the nation. Leticia knows that every minute an employee and goods are stuck in traffic means less money for the employee, employer, and our state. She knows that the key to a fast-growing economy is good roads and bridges on which people and products can move.

As a mother of six, Leticia also understands that a parent’s time with his or her children is precious and that being stuck in traffic keeps a parent away. In Austin, for example, each driver loses approximately 44 hours per year due to traffic congestion. The time spent sitting in traffic adds no value to the individual child or the family unit as a whole.

As Lieutenant Governor, Leticia will lead our state toward making smart investments in roads and bridges that keep Texans moving forward.

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AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, LETICIA WILL:

Phase-out non-transportation diversions from the State Highway Fund.AS LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR, LETICIA WILL : • Approximately $1.3 billion in state funding every year is

• Approximately $1.3 billion in state funding every year is being diverted from the State Highway Fund (commonly referred to as “Fund 6”). Fund 6 is the primary fund used to pay for our highways, but funds have instead been appropriated by the Legislature to pay for state agencies and other uses. Leticia believes that state funding collected for a specific purpose should primarily be used for that purpose. Leticia believes that the practice of diverting funds away from roads and bridges must end.

• As Lieutenant Governor, Leticia will phase out non-transportation related diversions, except those funds dedicated for education, over the next three bienniums. Under Leticia’s leadership, the Texas Legislature will reduce these diversions while finding a sustainable and long-term solution to our growing transportation needs.

Provide local governments the option and ability of securing additional funding to reduce congestion and improve safety.and long-term solution to our growing transportation needs. • Leticia understands the power of local control

• Leticia understands the power of local control and recognizes the importance of empowering Texas counties with the tools they need to address important regional projects that reduce congestion and improve safety.

• Leticia respects the challenges facing our county governments to cope with growth. In 2013, she sponsored legislation empowering Bexar County to fund local transportation projects through county vehicle registration fees. The result is that Bexar County now has the local control it needs to address the necessary transportation projects in their growing community.

transportation projects in their growing community. As Lieutenant Governor, Leticia will lead the legislature in

As Lieutenant Governor, Leticia will lead the legislature in providing counties with meaningful local control so that they can meet the transportation needs of their communities.

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Building roads for a strong, growing economy.

• Our increasing population and growing economy requires the state to invest in the infrastructure that will keep our state moving. Approximately 1,000 people move to Texas each day, establishing businesses and contributing to our growing state economy. With great growth comes a great need for investing in Texas’ transportation infrastructure.

• This fall, Texans will have the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment that will allow the state to use funds from oil and gas production tax collections to maintain and expand non-tolled roads. It is estimated that $1.4 - $1.7 billion will be available in the first year.

• While Leticia is fully committed to supporting the passage of the proposition, she knows that its approval will not solve all of our transportation infrastructure needs. The Texas Department of Transportation has determined that Texas needs approximately $5 billion a year to properly maintain and construct needed projects — money that the Texas Legislature has neglected to invest and is now desperately needed. However, the motor fuels tax, which is dedicated revenue for road maintenance and construction, has been declining due to the fuel efficiency of new vehicles. And the gasoline tax has not been updated since 1991 — since then, inflation has made the tax worth even less, while transportation needs have grown exponentially.

• As Lieutenant Governor, Leticia will:

Lead the legislature to make smart investments in roads and bridges that ensure Texas taxpayers get the best return on their investments.exponentially. • As Lieutenant Governor, Leticia will: Ensure that the Texas Department of Transportation best

Ensure that the Texas Department of Transportation best utilizes transportation dollars in setting policies, identifying priority projects, and ensuring the agency is operating in an efficient manner. projects, and ensuring the agency is operating in an efficient manner.

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Preserving Texas Roads to Protect Taxpayer Investments.

• Unfortunately, the state of Texas has deteriorating roads and bridges.

Nearly one-fifth of Texas’ bridges are in need of repair or replacement.

The infrastructure report card released by the American Society of Civil

Engineers states that out of the 52,260 bridges in Texas, 1,372 are considered

structurally deficient and an additional 8,860 are considered functionally

obsolete. The report also found that roads in need of repair are costing Texas

motorists $5.27 billion a year, which translates into an annual cost of $343

per Texas driver, simply to repair cars damaged by neglected roads.

• Leticia knows that the Texas economy cannot continue to thrive without

serious investments in transportation infrastructure and that Texas needs a

leader who will make transportation a priority.

• As Lieutenant Governor, Leticia will work with the Legislature and local

and state leaders to develop a long-term strategy for addressing the most

pressing repairs to our deteriorating roads and bridges.

Pol. adv. paid for by the Leticia Van de Putte for Lt. Governor Campaign. Joe J. Bernal, Treasurer. Printed in-house using volunteer labor

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