I hope you are staying warm as this cold front sweeps into Austin. Despite the chilly weather, I have been out and about in Austin working on various projects in preparation for the next legislative session in January.
Select Committee Concludes Work
When Speaker Joe Straus named the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives, he charged the members with the task of retooling and studying the efficiency of the financial programs that attract businesses and jobs to Texas.
As vice chair, I have been committed to ensuring that the processes set up are transparent, fair and reliable — especially in light of recent transgressions by the Governor’s office with the Texas Enterprise Fund. On Tuesday, our committee put forth a set of recommendations and reforms for the 84th Legislature to consider and adopt.
Moving Central Texas Forward
On Friday, I joined a bipartisan panel of fellow legislators on a post-election debrief hosted by the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council to discuss the transportation infrastructure needs for Central Texas over the next decade and the politics behind this issue. We talked about highway construction projects in light of the Proposition 1’s approval by Texas voters last week. We also highlighted the need to support expansion of commuter rail between San Antonio and Georgetown to help alleviate the daily traffic congestion on I-35.
I am looking forward to seeing these issues gain more traction during the upcoming session.
Support Springdale Farm
Tonight, the Austin City Council will be considering some important zoning changes that will determine whether Springdale Farm in Austin’s east side will continue to operate as they are. I recently wrote a letter to Council asking the members to find a way to allow this great urban farm to continue to serve the community.
If you would like to support Springdale Farm, be sure to attend the Council meeting this evening wearing green!
|On a transportation panel last week with State Representative Doug Miller (R-New Braunfels)|