A friend of Empower Texans and TFR today passed along the “newsletter” that accompanies his water bill in the City of Taylor. The newsletter brags about a $574,000 grant from the Texas Transportation Commission to the Taylor Independent School District for the construction of new sidewalks “in several neighborhoods.” What?

Maybe that is the secret method for alleviating traffic congestion around the state — build new sidewalks. Heck, driving to work this morning, I swear I could have made it in faster by crawling.

TxDOT has said it doesn’t have the money to build new roads, but is doing big PR campaigns, and, apparently, building sidewalks. (Read the newsletter.)

Am I the only person (besides my buddy in Taylor) who is absolutely disgusted that while the state’s transportation agency doesn’t have money to build roads, that it is funding sidewalks for school districts?

Last I checked, cities were responsible for sidewalks — not schools, and not the state’s road building agency.

We should be glad it was only a half-million dollars being funded for this project. The city newsletter whines that they aren’t getting the $750,000 they asked for originally.

Oink, oink, oink.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of two books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


Texas to Implement Buoy Border Barriers

“Ultimately, static barriers alone will not solve the problem of crossings between ports of entry,” said Chris Russo, president of Texans for Strong Borders.