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Hi - I wrote the "Transportation Finance" section, which replaces the previous "Gas Tax" section. I work for Senator Carona and made the changes because the section titled "Gas Tax" was at best one-sided and appeared to be slanted to make Senator Carona look like all he wanted to do was raise taxes without justification, starting with the title, including the fact that the rest of the bill is not discussed (e.g. requirements on how the money is to be spent on transportation), and most notably avoiding any discussion of why he might propose something like that (e.g. traffic congestion and air pollution), why that might be cheaper than no action (one default alternative is more toll roads)(inaction increases the cost to the driver of maintaining roads, and "Bad roads cost Texas drivers $336 a year" - see http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/05/06/2170996/poorly-maintained-roads-cost-texas.html) or the rest of the proposal (stop using gas tax for other purposes, be more efficient/reduce waste... items included in other bills that are also not mentioned.) The author of this piece chose only to address this one bill, and then only part of it, and the result is clearly misleading at best. No similar notation appears on the pages of House members mentioned in the source article or associated with the bill (Representative Joe Pickett, Representative Vicki Truitt....) It looks to me like Senator Carona was targeted with one-sided, out of context commentary.

The section titled "Private Plane Reimbursements" appears to have been submitted by the author of the original article and should be appropriately voiced and attributed.

Steven Polunsky.

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