The start of the 83rd
Texas State Legislature is just around the corner and representatives and the
Deep East Texas Council of Governments are getting ready to head to the
Before our East Texas
state representatives left for Austin, East Texas News talked with them about
what's at the top of their agenda this session.
Thursday, the Deep East Texas
Council of Governments gathered together to kick off the legislative season.
DETCOG is made up of judges, commissioners, and leaders from East Texas cities
that represent the interests of East Texas.
Lufkin Mayor Bob Brown said
what's most important for the City of Lufkin is to have East Texas' voice
"Combine our voices with all
of East Texas and make certain that those things that we hold dear to our
hearts are addressed during this session," Brown said.
District 57 State Representative Trent
Ashby says there are going to be a lot of issues front and center.
"I think education,
transportation, water and balancing our state budget without raising taxed are
going to be some key issues that we're looking at this upcoming session," Ashby
Travis Clardy, the state rep for District
11, echoed Ashby's key issues and both agree keeping water in East Texas is
"We're blessed to be the
most waterous part of the state, not only do we have great rainfall and
existing reservoirs we also sit on top of many of the best aquifers," Clardy
The hot topic around the nation
right now is fiscal responsibility and Ashby said Texas is unique when it comes
"Our forefathers had the
good judgment to require our state to balance our budget every biennium, or
every 2 years, and so unlike our federal government, in Texas, we're going to
live within our means," Ashby said.
Ashby even went on to say that
there might even be some extra money in the budget this session.
Clardy says Texas' fiscal path
should be a model for the federal government.
"We will see our star
continue to rise in Texas because we have plotted a course that promotes
economic freedom and growth of business in a responsible way."
The 83rd Legislative Session begins on January 8th.
representatives and members of DETCOG will be in Austin on Monday for the Deep
East Texas Legislative Reception where everyone will get to know each other.
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