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Legislative Newsletter: Spring 2012

Legislative Newsletter: Spring 2012

To the Constituents of Senate District 31:

After wrapping up a dynamic and challenging regular legislative session, followed immediately by an equally active special session, I am pleased to be back in the district reporting to you on the actions of the 82nd Legislature, and discussing your thoughts and opinions on the issues that affect you and your communities.

I want to thank all of you who came out to my annual town hall meetings in your counties last fall, and most recently, in Loving County earlier this year. Loving County is one of the twelve new counties joining Senate and I look forward to the privilege of representing all of these hard-working Texans in the State Senate.

As we look forward to the 83rd Legislature, I am encouraged by continued increases in state sales tax collections; however, I recognize that the state of Texas faces, yet again, potentially significant budget constraints. While the lagging national economy continues to impact the lives of many Texas businesses and families, I believe that the Texas economy is well-positioned for future growth and success. In addition to beginning work on the budget for the next biennium, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has instructed the Senate to spend the next several months researching and analyzing a wide variety of issues, and make recommendations about potential legislative action in these areas in the 83rd Legislature. This newsletter highlights a few of the topics that I believe will be important to the people of the Panhandle, South Plains and the Permian Basin.

I hope you will take the time to read this brief update on the issues facing our state as we prepare for the next legislative session. As always, my staff and I stand ready to answer your questions or assist you, so please do not hesitate to call or write me, or come by any of my offices in the district or in Austin.