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Kay really needs to come out and explain her plans because otherwise she looks like an obstructionist without any ideas of her own. Republicans risk being backed into a corner as a bunch of "party of NO" regressives... and her opposition to private roads does smack of pandering and "Perry bad, me good" instead of an honest critique.
A few problems Kay has with this anti TTC theme is that first of all it did not work for Strayhorn in 2006. It helps maybe in rural areas but not in the suburbs and bigger cities where people want private roads and like private roads... Kay also has expressed support for similar projects with hi-speed trains which would also take land with eminent domain and require foreign companies to participate in the process.
The biggest thing with Kay is that she doesn't seem genuine in her attacks... it seems like an ad hoc line rather than something she really cares about. The second biggest thing is that Kay is basically saying she wants to pay for these necessary new roads some other way... if not private roads, then taxes are going up right? The third biggest thing is that this exposes the "Washington bad Texas good" argument as Texas only gets back a fraction of the money it sends to Washington for highways. It makes it easy for Rick to turn the tables on her if he chooses. "Why didn't she do a better job as a senator and get us enough money to build roads?"
For me... I live in a urban or really more suburban area and I would love to have a well developed network of big safe lanes free of tractor trailers to be able to zip from big city to big city... I also know a lot of critics of toll roads in the political arena secretly love to drive on them.
I bet Kay did a poll and saw this was one of Rick's vulnerabilities, but I also bet that most people just want to have some transportation options and don't want to sit around in traffic. If toll roads are the answer, I wish we could have a real discussion about them, instead of this ad hoc pandering and unserious demagoguery from a once serious senator.