FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 03/08/2011
Rep. Ryan Guillen Files Legislation to Provide More Transportation Funding for Texas
Bills will help fund vital transportation initiatives across the state
AUSTIN -- State Representative Ryan Guillen District 31 announced today that he has filed legislation to provide more transportation funding for Texas.
"With a major budget shortfall on our hands, it is absolutely imperative that our state utilizes funds to the best of its abilities," said Rep. Guillen, Chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. "Texans must act wisely and sensibly in regard to using state and federal funds intended for important transportation projects."
The following bills filed by Rep. Guillen will increase utilization of state and federal transportation funds:
• H.B. 981 by Rep. Guillen would create local mobility credit programs with the intent of improving local transportation systems. These credits would minimize requirements for state funds to match federal grants, freeing state money to be used on projects at a lower cost because they would not be required to meet more expensive federal requirements.
• H.B 1276 by Rep. Guillen would maximize the federal funds our state receives for transportation by improving in-state transportation planning processes that would increase Texas' eligibility for additional federal funding opportunities. According to the Texas Legislative Budget Board, the amount of federal funds the Texas Dept. of Transportation receives as a percentage of its total budget has declined since fiscal year 2003.
• H.B. 578 by Rep. Guillen would allow for more funding for public transportation in smaller urban transit districts and would strengthen the affected transit districts for purposes of growth. It would also continue to facilitate the necessary resources to maintain services to the communities.
"Maximizing the utility of our resources for transportation projects today is essential to future economic development," said Rep. Guillen. "These bills are among several that my office has tirelessly been working on that address various transportation issues affecting our state."
Texas State Representative Ryan Guillen is serving in his fifth term in the Texas House representing District 31, which includes the South Texas counties of Duval, Starr, Webb and Zapata. A respected leader known for his fierce independence and relentless efforts to deliver results for South Texas families, he’s received numerous honors and has been named “Best Legislator," “Legislative Champion,” “Outstanding Legislator,” “South Texas Champion,” “Best of the House” and “Legislator of the Year” by organizations that advocate for issues ranging from education and healthcare to public safety and economic development. Since 2007, no other state representative has successfully authored and passed more legislation than Representative Guillen.