Red-Light Camera Cash Not Reaching Trauma Rooms

Some fear money will never make it to trauma rooms

Monday, Jan 9, 2012  |  Updated 4:55 PM CDT
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Red Light Cash Not Reaching ERs

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Revenue from red light cameras withheld to try to balance budget.

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At least $46 million in revenue from red-light camera tickets, intended to help fund trauma centers across Texas, instead sits in Austin as lawmakers use it to back certification of a balanced state budget.

The Texas Constitution requires a balanced budget of the biennial Legislature, and Texas lawmakers withheld a record $4.1 billion generated by earmarked taxes and fees in their 2010 session.

The Dallas Morning News reports that has interrupted the steady stream of state funding for trauma systems that the American College of Surgeons said in a 2010 analysis is necessary to meet growing needs.

That's not the end of the worries John McWhorter foresees. The president of Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas said there is the fear that proceeds won't ever reach the trauma rooms.

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