SWORN IN AS SPEAKER OF THE TEXAS HOUSE
Humble and grateful for the opportunity to continue serving Texans.
The House authorized the hiring of hundreds of new state troopers to patrol the border region. Police and prosecutors also have new tools to better combat crimes such as drug trafficking and human smuggling.
The House balanced the state budget and kept annual spending growth well under the constitutional limit. With cuts of more than $4 billion in taxes and fees, including a 25 percent reduction in the business margins tax, it has been said to be the most conservative budget in Texas history.
The House provided more resources for transportation, ensuring all of the money in the State Highway Fund will pay for more roads by ending more than $1 billion in diversions to other programs every two years.
Because of voter approval of Proposition 7 and the Legislature's efforts, local authorities now plan to expand Highway 281 in San Antonio without tolls.
The House overwhelmingly approved Governor Abbott's plan to strengthen and support high-quality pre-kindergarten. We put more resources into the classroom and continued our efforts to better prepare students for success in college and the workforce.
North East Independent School District leaders visiting the Capitol during the 84th Legislative Session.