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Jul/Aug 2013

Jul/Aug 2013

2013 marks the 19th anniversary of the creation of the chapter scholarship program. The AGC of Texas has continued to work to develop and improve upon a program to award scholarships to young Texans who are interested in pursuing a career in the construction field.

The Texas Transportation Commission today adopted guiding principles and policies that will govern the development, construction and operation of toll road projects on the state highway system and the Trans-Texas Corridor.

Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to attend local AGC meetings in Abilene, Houston and El Paso. The major issue discussed at each of these meetings continues to be safety, which is my favorite topic. I appreciate AGC’s emphasis on this top priority.

The AGC has accepted an invitation to serve as a member of TxDOT’s Advisory Committee for the update of the Local Government Project Procedures (LGPP).

After the gavel ended the regular session of the Texas Legislature at mid afternoon May 27, as usual, legislators gathered, along with staff, friends, family and others to toast the end of a fairly serene 140-day journey.

Like the wildly popular Abbott and Costello routine, Who’s on First, What’s on Second and I Don’t Know is on Third – the House, Senate and White House are all taking different approaches to handling the Sequestration budget cuts for the fiscal year 2014.

I am writing this month’s article in hopes of being able to review the TxDOT financial situation for the next several years. When we finished the regular session we were aware of the increase in appropriation received by TxDOT and at the same time we were aware of the additional $1.4 billion that was needed to service the debt on the bonds that have kept us in business for the last 6 or so years.

Except for the four bottles of whiskey I bought at the High West Distillery in downtown Park City.

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