The Senate commerce committeevoted this week to advance a plan pushed by the Obama Administration to provide emergency funds for federal highway trust fund, a move that in turn delays much bigger -- and vastly more expensive -- efforts to completelyoverhaul federal transportation policy.
The latter is the preferred method of House transportation chairman James Oberstar, D-Minn., but it's going nowhere.
Against that backdrop, Gordon Dickson, the Star-Telegram's transportation reporter, has a piece this morningthat highlights the committee's ranking Republican, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison's "reluctant" support for the extension bill. He quotes her and Gov. Rick Perry's spokeswoman as saying they'd prefer a more comprehensive reform than a band-aid approach.
But saying you're for reform and saying what that means, exactly, isn't always the same thing.
There is a lot at stake in the 2010 race for governor, and one of biggest things is the multi-billion-dollar business of building roads and rail.
Let the policy debate begin.