Cornyn to host economic meeting

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX, a member of the Senate Finance Committee, will be in Tyler February 19, to host an economic roundtable with East Texas elected officials and small business owners. He will deliver a legislative update and discuss the economic recovery plan signed into law by President Obama this week. Sen. Cornyn will discuss his ideas for true economic recovery, which include addressing the housing crisis first, providing meaningful tax relief for middle-class Texans and small businesses, and exercising fiscal restraint at the federal level to ensure taxpayer dollars are not spent on unnecessary or wasteful programs. He will gather input from local leaders and business owners on their ideas for stimulating the economy and creating jobs in East Texas. Tyler Economic Development CEO Tom Mullins has recently said that East Texas will continue to see layoffs in the manufacturing sector, which will likely trickle down to the retail and service sectors.

Sen. Cornyn will be joined by Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass; Longview Mayor Jay Dean; Gregg County Judge Bill Stoudt; John Stroud, the Executive Director of the Longview Economic Development; and several other elected officials and community leaders. Also participating in the roundtable will be: Cory "The Driller" Miller, owner of C. Miller Drilling; Don Thedford, owner of Don's TV and Appliance Store; and Sam Dawson, President/COO of Southside Bank.

We will be streaming this meeting LIVE on at about 1:20.