85(R) - 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
Relating to the use of state money for high-speed rail operated by a private entity.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 977 would prohibit the legislature from appropriating funds, except as required by federal law, "to pay
for a cost of planning, facility construction or maintenance, or
security for, promotion of, or operation of, high-speed rail
operated by a private entity". The bill would also ban a state agency from accepting or using state money to pay for the aforementioned things. Semiannual reports on such spending by a state agency would be provided to relevant lawmakers.
Vote Recommendation Notes
This bill supports the principles of limited government and free markets by prohibiting appropriation of state funds for private high-speed rail construction. For this reason, we support SB 977.
Texans for Toll-free Highways
Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas Farm Bureau
City of Dallas
City of San Antonio