Word on the street is that Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley and state Rep. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, led a spirited discussion Wednesday morning during a quarterly meeting of the 35W Coalition, a group that advocates gridlock relief from downtown Fort Worth to the Tarrant-Denton County line.
Hancock was explaining why many state lawmakers don't want to raise the state's 8.25 percent sales tax cap for transportation, even if voters in a metro area such as North Texas approve the increase in a referendum. Basically, they believe the sales tax should be reserved for state purposes.
That's a sore subject with Whitley, who noted that state decision-makers won't let local voters raise their own taxes, but also won't open up the state purse to pay for North Texas transportation needs.
Other 35W members jumped to Hancock's defense, noting that he was among the lawmakers who backed the proposal for a sales tax election, and that just because he was explaining the sentiment in Austin doesn't mean he agrees with it.