AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) Vice President of Policy Chuck DeVore testified Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Transportation on Senate Bill 1294, which would place significant limits on the ability of the Texas Department of Transportation to save up to $1 billion per year by use of design-build contracting.

“Support for spending more tax money to address Texas’ transportation challenges needs to be paired with meaningful contracting reform at the Texas Department of Transportation,” said DeVore. “Unfortunately, SB 1294 heads in the opposite direction, placing costly restrictions on TxDOT’s ability to use proven, money and time-saving contracting tools. The passage of SB 1294 could cost Texas taxpayers up to $1 billion per year in lost savings with delays in project completion and fewer roads and bridges built. Instead, lawmakers should be considering the passage of SB 826, HB 3109 and SB 1606, bills that would enable TxDOT to provide the highest savings and quality for Texas drivers.”
 
To schedule an interview with Mr. DeVore please contact Caroline Espinosa at cespinosa@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700. 

The Honorable Chuck DeVore is the Vice President of Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He served six years in the California Assembly and is the author of “The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America.”

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin, Texas.

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