11 September 2023

Capitol Update: Funding Higher Education and Addressing Water Infrastructure

I’d like to start this week’s column by highlighting an exciting opportunity for high-school students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For the last 25 years, The State of Texas has partnered with the Johnson Space Center in Houston to develop the High School Aerospace Scholars Program, which provides selected high-school juniors with an...
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31 July 2023

Capitol Update: Preventing Wildfires

As record-breaking temperatures continue to climb and drought conditions worsen, burn bans have gone into effect for most Texas counties, and House District 9 is no exception. Despite these preventative measures, the number of reported wildfires is growing at an alarming rate. In fact, the Texas A&M Forest Service reported 50 wildfire calls just last...
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05 June 2023

Capitol Update: Entering Special Session

At the beginning of the 88th Legislative Session, our state coffers were brimming with a budget surplus of nearly $33 billion. Fortunately, the Legislature put some of this money to good use. Through the budget-writing process, the Legislature appropriated money to bolster border security, strengthen the electric grid, expand mental health access, and improve our...
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