All four candidates met in a forum sponsored by the Far North Dallas, Richardson and Addison Tea Parties, with all four GOP candidates: from left to right (seated pretty appropriately) are Linda Koop, Sam Brown, Adryana Boyne, and NTTP TeaApproved Stefani Carter.
A VERY telling moment comes toward the end (at the 39:15 mark). It deals with the proposed Cotton Belt Rail Line project. The massive rail project- like every other rail project outside of extremely dense population areas- would require huge amounts of government subsidy and- now that it’s being discussed as a ‘public-private’ partnership- it would combine the worst of government, crony capitalism, cost overruns, engineering impossibilities and private property infringement via eminent domain. The subsidy needed for light rail runs on AVERAGE 70% (and this one would likely be HIGHER). Construction and maintenance costs are seven times that of a roadway.
First to address this was Linda Koop. Of course, she’s all for this and been involved in the planning while with the city of Dallas. Sam Brown and Adryana Boyne were next and neither seemed to know anything about the project. But they BOTH did a most telling thing; they acceded to the ‘expertise’ of Linda Koop (big government types are ALWAYS the expert) as to the advisability of the project; in Austin, this gets us billions in waste. Just attach a priority name like ‘transportation’ or ‘water’ onto something, and too many folks cede all the details to big-government experts. Stefani Carter, actually knowing about the project and having learned from her time in Austin, made clear some of the VERY serious concerns with the project. Not a popular position with the ‘Powers That Be’ crowd, but the right one from a conservative standpoint.