AUSTIN — On Wednesday, State Representative Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) held a press conference at the State Capitol calling on Congress to assure Texas gets its fair share of federal transportation funding. Landgraf, who serves as Vice Chair of the House Transportation Committee, was joined by House Transportation Committee Chairman Terry Canales and Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr.
According to the Federal Highway Administration, in federal fiscal year 2019, Texas is the only "donor" state, receiving only 95 cents back for every dollar it sends to Washington in federal fuel taxes - a loss of up to $940 million in FY '19.
"States like Alaska, New York, and California have been building roads on our dime for some time now," Landgraf said. "Texas deserves its fair share."
House Concurrent Resolution 147, authored by Landgraf, urges Congress to work collectively toward a fair, equitable, and logical approach to federal transportation funding in any new federal transportation legislation that is considered. Last month, the Texas Congressional Delegation sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the congressional committees that oversee transportation and infrastructure demanding the same.