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TAB pushes lawmakers to pass transportation proposal

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An $840 million per year transportation funding proposal is going before of the Texas House of Representatives.

The Texas Association of Business is pushing lawmakers to pass the funding proposals.

Business leaders say the passage is crucial for the state's roadway needs to be met including some important road maintenance.

Officials with the organization also say more money for roads will also improve the state's economy and commerce and create new jobs.

One hundred votes are needed to pass the proposal in the Texas House.

"From an economic development perspective, we're getting hurt today, we know that as a fact. I mean, other states, just like with the issue of water which hopefully we've resolved and hopefully the voters will vote favorably on. But we know that other states and entities, which maybe Richard could speak to that, are using this against us to don't go to Texas because they don't have water, they don't have roads," said President of Texas Association of Business, Bill Hammond.

If passed, Texas voters would be able to decide next year if half of the oil and gas production tax revenue can be moved into transportation expenses.

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