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Lege decides not to block high speed rail

6-4 vote in conference

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A rider to the state budget concerning the use of taxpayer dollars on high speed rail projects in Texas has failed in the conference group charged with coming up with the final budget proposal, according to a story from KTBX in Bryan/College Station:

Rider 48 was removed in a 6-4 vote Thursday night… That group crafts the final budget compromise between the House and Senate versions.

The rider would have meant no Texas taxpayer dollars could have been spent on a high speed rail project like the private project proposed to run from Houston to Dallas and through the eastern portion of the region. Had the rider been passed, it could have put the Texas Central Partners project in serious jeopardy.

While the major cities are supporting the project, rural counties like Leon, Madison and Grimes and their residents have shown opposition. MORE


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