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A Better East Texas: State Legislature

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The Texas economy is doing very well compared to the rest of the country and, as state lawmakers begin the 20-13 session of the Texas legislature, the task of creating the budget for the State of Texas for the next two years begins as well. 

The Texas legislature meets every two years and during the last session, the recession was in full gear and state revenues were down, leading to a drastic cut in state services impacting education, roads, state parks among others. 

But now, just the opposite situation is at hand it while many communities and individual Texans expect a return to looser purse strings that may not be the case.  Special interests groups will be circling to try to gain even more influence and I fear that some lawmakers will fall prey to their influence. 

One reason is that we have the least experienced state house in four decades so there are a load of freshman legislators.  Several are from right there in East Texas. And I am certain that they would love to hear from us, their constituents than they would special interests groups.

We have links to those representing us in Austin on our website, KLTV.com, under the community tab.  And while Governor Perry has his sights set on lowering taxes, you can still be that there will be a lot of money up for grabs so reach out to your representative and let them know what is important to you.  It will keep them focused and make for a Better East Texas.

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