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Three groups support Adler’s bond proposal, oppose Casar’s and Kitchen’s

Thursday, June 16, 2016 by Kayleigh Hughes

Three organizations — the Austin Chamber of Commerce, the Real Estate Council of Austin and the Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce — released a statement Wednesday afternoon declaring their opposition to the transportation bond proposals put forth by Council members Greg Casar and Ann Kitchen. Of Casar’s proposal, the statement said, “It is focused on the core of Austin and ignores 80 percent of Austin’s population and over 75 percent of the voters who do not live in the core of Austin,” and also noted that while the proposal claims its focus is on the future, “for a significant majority of Austinites, the Future is NOW.” The groups were kinder to Kitchen’s proposal, but argued that it “is not bold enough and does not contain enough funding to do what Austin needs now.” As part of their statement, the three organizations reiterated their support for Mayor Steve Adler’s $720 million bond proposal, which they believe “is balanced” and supports “all of Austin.”

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