Monday, April 3, 2017

Secret Agreement Handed Private Toll Firm Control of Texas Public Roads

By Terri Hall March 27, 2017

While the politicians argued that eminent domain would only be used as a last resort, that’s just the club the Texas Turnpike Corporation’s CEO John Crew needs to beat landowners into submission to sign over their land in so-called negotiated settlements. We’ve seen it used prolifically — sign on the dotted line for the amount we’re offering or we’ll take it with eminent domain and pay you even less.........

Eminent domain for private gain

The city has agreed to use eminent domain to take land from its residents and confer it to a private entity for private gain, not for a legitimate public use. While the road is open to the public (so is a mall or restaurant) if they pay a toll, this arrangement is for a private toll road whose corporation will use the city’s police force to become its private toll collector and speed enforcer.
While the politicians argued that eminent domain would only be used as a last resort, that’s the club the TTC’s CEO John Crew needs to beat landowners into submission to sign over their land in so-called negotiated settlements. We’ve seen it used prolifically — sign on the dotted line for the amount we’re offering or we’ll take it with eminent domain and pay you even less........To Read More...

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