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Mar/Apr 2013

Mar/Apr 2013

The AGC of Texas, in partnership with Texas Infrastructure Now, created a Legislative Action Center in order to make it easier than ever to send notice to your legislators regarding your concern for industry issues. Periodically, the Chapter creates letters to legislators, which are then posted onto the website for your use.

Every year, the AGC of Texas sends out a call for nominations of Life Members. Life Member Awards are bestowed in appreciation to members who, through extraordinary efforts, influenced the industry in a positive way.

While we begin a new year with a public policy narrative dominated by weighty topics such as immigration reform and gun safety, the actual logistics of governing have consumed much of the activity in the Nation’s Capital over the last month. As such, now is a good time to overview the players and issues that will impact the federal transportation programs over the next two years.

While we begin a new year with a public policy narrative dominated by weighty topics such as immigration reform and gun safety, the actual logistics of governing have consumed much of the activity in the Nation’s Capital over the last month. As such, now is a good time to overview the players and issues that will impact the federal transportation programs over the next two years.

As we work to create the finest transportation system in the world, my highest concern remains the safety of my colleagues who spend their days dangerously close to speeding traffic. Safety is our number one goal at TxDOT—for our employees, for our contractors, and for the traveling public.

Speaker Joe Straus has a much more perplexing challenge than his counterpart on the other side of the Capitol, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. After all, the tall, genial Houstonian, first elected to preside over the Senate in 2002, has only thirty-one senators in his charge. Poor Straus, of San Antonio, recently elected to his third term as Speaker without dissent, has 149 other members he has try to herd. And another big difference is Straus is chosen by his peers and Dewhurst is elected by the voters.

Associated General Contractors of Texas was recognized for their emphasis on public relations, grassroots education, and PAC development in 2012.  The efforts of the members were recognized as 2012 Chapter of the Year during AGC's 94th Annual Convention in Palm Springs, California.

At the February monthly luncheon, President Joe Forshage and Past President Roger Albert took a moment to recognize the outgoing Area, Committee and Task Force chairmen. On behalf of the membership, we thank these members for their service to the industry and to the association.

A recurring theme heard at the past few Management Conferences, Administrative Conferences, and Public Affairs Meetings was the need for this industry to be seen, and be very vocal this legislative session. While the Comptroller announced more revenue than she had previously anticipated, every special interest group in Texas was clambering for it.

The majority of the news in this issue clearly focuses on recent actions at the State Capitol. There is mounting support from both house and senate members for passage of a new water plan. Statements have been made from both sides of the rotunda that to pass a fifty-year water plan and not fund it would be totally irresponsible.

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