2019 is a year of major milestones. In addition to the Management Conference celebrating its 50th birthday, the AGC of Texas Scholarship Program entered its 25th year, stronger than ever.

Legislative drafting and review Committee Chairman Tracy Schieffer dedicates the success of the 86th session to the members who called, emailed, and showed up to legislative offices during what turned out to be a challenging session on environmental regulation.

As I write this column, two issues AGC of America has long championed--infrastructure funding and immigration reform--are back in the news. Unfortunately, the issues aren’t necessarily in the news for the right reasons.

The 86th session of the Texas Legislature adjourned “Sine Die” Monday, May 27, 2019. The final weeks were marked by speculation that the House and Senate would not be able to come to an agreement on the budget, school finance reform, or property tax relief legislation.

The first 5 months as President of AGC of Texas have been incredible. I have attended seven area meetings so far, have met new members, and have had a chance to get to know old members better. I have seen parts of our state I have never visited before. Texas sure can pack a lot of variety under its Lone Star.

Twenty-three students were chosen to receive 2019 AGC Scholarships on the 25th Anniversary of the AGC of Texas Scholarship Program. The future scholars were recognized at the June membership luncheon at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. Students receive $10,000 per year/$40,000 for four years.

As the adage goes, “Make hay while the sun shines.” With the strong partnership between TxDOT and its contractors, the infusion of new revenue streams from Props 1 and 7, and the coordinated efforts of the best highway contractors in the world, the sun is certainly shining in Texas.

As we set off in this new year, we face many familiar challenges: turmoil in Washington, D.C., economic uncertainty and a presidential election cycle.

This January, the 86th Texas Legislature convened at the State Capitol. As in all legislative sessions, transportation is an issue for the lawmaking body of the state. Issues regarding tolling, the Texas Emission Reduction Program, the energy sector and...

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