DALLAS - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and top legislative leaders yesterday urged lawmakers to allow use of state retirement and other investment funds for transportation projects and demanded immediate issuance of $1.5 billion of bonds authorized last year.

In a letter to Texas Transportation Commission chairman Deirdre Delisi, a recent Perry appointee, Lieut. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, joined the governor in outlining plans to solve the state's transportation funding problems, including new bond provisions.

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