Even though we’re told the gasoline tax is used to fund highway construction, we know some to non-road purposes. State Rep. David Leibowitz (D-San Antonio) wants to fix that, amending the constitution to require our gas-tax dollars are “used for the sole purpose of constructing public highways.” Well, almost…

Leibowitz’s constitutional amendment (HJR 13) would keep in place the decade’s old, voter-approved diversion of 25 percent of the gas tax revenues to public education.

In all, this is commendable effort by Mr. Leibowitz addressing the legislative and bureaucratic creep that has allowed gas-tax dollars to be siphoned away from the stated purpose of the gas tax — to fund our state’s roads.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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