CONG. CULBERSON CALLS FOR FEDERAL INVESTIGATION
INTO METRO’s FINANCES
UH ECONOMICS PROFESSOR SAYS
“Taxpayers have to foot bill”
METRO’s COMMENT WHEN ASKED? “Would
not dignify that remark with a response”
Houston, Texas - Houston Congressman
John Culberson has asked U.S. Attorney Mike Shelby to launch
a Federal Investigation into the recent METRO scandal that
has raised questions that METRO is knowingly reporting over
$116 million of federal funds that local elected officials
as well as the Federal government (Federal Transit Authority
claims they are not slated to receive.
On Thursday, Congressman Culberson commented
to KTRK TV that “This has to be more than simple negligence,
there is something more at work here …and I have asked
the proper Federal Authorities to investigate whether a violation
of Federal law has occurred.”
Also yesterday, KTRK TV interviewed University
of Houston Economics Professor Steven Craig about METRO’s
apparent $116 million shortfall. Craig, who is an unbiased
expert in this category commented that the “taxpayers
have to foot the bill, there’s no other source”.
After repeated requests for the past three days
from the Chairman of Texans For True Mobility, Michael Stevens
as well as Harris County Judge Robert Eckels, Harris County
Tax Assessor Collector Paul Bettencourt, local media and others,
METRO has consistently refused to answer the question of how
they can account for the $116 million discrepancy.
DAY I…On Tuesday METRO
Chairman Arthur Schechter offered no proof or documentation,
instead he dismissed it as a “political ploy”.
DAY II…On Wednesday the
question again was asked of METRO by numerous media outlets
and again METRO Chairman Arthur Schechter dismissed it as
“political garbage” but again offered no documentation.
DAY III… On Thursday
a METRO spokesperson told a television station that METRO
could not answer the question because their Chief Financial
Officer (CFO) was out of town. Later in the day when asked
again about the apparent $116 million shortfall, the METRO
spokesperson commented that he “would not dignify that
remark with a response”.
DAY IV…??? What will
METRO say on Friday and will they offer documentation?
Texans For True Mobility plans a Monday press
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