Ashby Sends Letter Opposing High Speed Rail Project


State Representative Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) has joined with two of his House colleagues in sending a joint letter to the Federal Railroad Administration opposing the proposed high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston by the Texas Central High-Speed Railway, LLC.

“I have been working with my colleagues in the Legislature, as well as with the Governor’s office, to ensure that we are doing all we can to stop this proposed rail project from dissecting our rural communities,” Ashby said. “We are now escalating this fight to the federal government to attempt to curtail this effort.”

The proposed high-speed rail connecting Houston and Dallas would most likely create short-term jobs during the construction phase, but this economic benefit would be greatly outweighed in the long-term. Private property interests will be forcibly taken through eminent domain and permanently inflict damage to land owners. Much of this land includes farm and ranchland, which is often held by families for generations. Property values would also likely decrease due to the limitations of property imposed by the high-speed rail.

“I firmly believe that we should not have to give up our precious property rights for a rail project that will bring little to no economic benefit to our region,” Rep. Ashby stated.  “I have heard loud and clear the outpouring of opposition from the people I represent, and my office will continue to work with local officials and citizens to fight this proposal in any manner feasible.”

Photo: Texas Central High-Speed Railway, LLC

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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