John Smith of COUNT US Under I-69 (www.i69tour.org) tells us there is a vote
after the third reading, so it can still be defeated in the house. Ask the
Democrats to walk out, if the vote is not with us. Ask your friends in
Republican districts to call their representatives.
From : Brian Wright <bwright@...
Sent : Tuesday, January 31, 2006 3:14 PM
To : <hec@...
Subject : Urgent Alert on HB 1008 Major Moves
Special Legislative Alert
THIS IS THE CRITICAL TIME! We need your help!
Please call your state legislators. Tell them:
"Vote NO on Major Moves. Vote NO on HB 1008!"
State Representative: 800-382-9842
State Senator: 800-382-9467
Please call today!
To find your legislator go to:
If passed, HB 1008 would:
Allow the Governor to privatize our highways.
Allow the Governor to lease the Indiana Toll Road to a foreign corporation
for 75 years.
Enable the construction of I-69 with funds from the Toll Road lease and
allow deals with private foreign corporations to build, operate and collect
tolls on I-69.
HB 1008 is intended to raise funds for the new terrain I-69 and complete it
as a toll road using SR 37 between Indianapolis and Bloomington as part of
the route. We already pay a gas tax which built and maintains SR 37, but
will now pay a second tax disguised as a "toll", that we otherwise would not
have paid, so that the most expensive and destructive route for I-69 can be
There are a lot of questions that should be answered before the legislature
grants the Governor broad authority to privatize the state's transportation
What kinds of input and oversight will the Legislature or the public have in
Will public information currently subject to disclosure still be subject to
disclosure if it's generated by a private company instead of INDOT?
Language in HB 1008 and "Article 14 Adverse Actions" in the contract with
the company the Governor wants to lease the Indiana Toll Road to states that
no governmental unit in Indiana can do anything that would negatively impact
the fair market value of the toll road. If they do, the state would be
subject to penalties or termination of the contract and possibly the REFUND
OF THE $3.85 BILLION THE COMPANY PAID TO THE STATE.
What does impacting the fair market value of the road mean? And, would it
include such things as upgrading local roads? Insisting on certain safety
standards or traveling requirements? Installing public transit systems that
would compete with the toll road?
PLEASE HELP STOP MAJOR MOVES and I-69!
Calling your legislator at home is the best way to influence them. Be
patient if you call the number at the Statehouse. Please call or email them
today and request that they vote NO on HB 1008. If you don�t know who your
legislator is or their home phone number, call or email HEC, call your local
public library, or check the website listed above. Thank you for your
Information from Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads and HEC. For more
information email Tim Maloney at tmaloney@...
or Brian Wright at
Hoosier Environmental Council
1915 W. 18th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202
(317) 685-8800 ext. 115