Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen made his way down to San Antonio this week to address more than 200 of the Chamber’s business and community members. Speaker Bonnen had received hundreds of requests to visit communities across the state after the legislative session adjourned, and we are proud that he chose the Alamo City.
The legislative luncheon, presented by AT&T, was a great opportunity to show our appreciation to one of the most powerful people in Texas politics, as well as hear about how he was able to pull in some big wins for San Antonio. Under his leadership, members were empowered to find real solutions to the State’s most pressing issues. In his remarks, Speaker Bonnen highlighted the historic and much-needed school finance reform legislation, as well as his focus on property tax reform. He credited the success of the 86th legislative session to the alliance with his Senate counterpart, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and Gov. Greg Abbott. Early in the session, the Big 3 pledged to work side-by-side to deliver on priorities without letting personalities get in the way.
Speaker Bonnen underscored the $6.1 billion allocated to TXDOT for non-toll projects throughout the state and the $250 million for roads in the energy corridor. He also noted the 24% increase in funding for women’s health, more than $3 billion for behavioral services and $200 million for school safety. He went on to congratulate the great work of the Bexar County delegation, highlighting some of San Antonio’s biggest wins, including increased funding to UTSA, Texas A&M San Antonio, and UT Health San Antonio; increased funding for the Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance (DEAAG); and reauthorization of Proposition 1 transportation funding and of Chapter 312, a valuable economic development tool that has helped San Antonio close the deal with more than 33 companies. He also congratulated Toyota, Port San Antonio, and JBSA for their economic impact to Texas.
Speaker Bonnen closed by encouraging everyone to get familiar with the ten constitutional amendment propositions that will be on the November 5 ballot, specifically proposition 4 – the constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax. Click here for more information on the propositions. https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/2019-propositions.pdf
Special thanks to all the event sponsors: AT&T, Valero Energy Corporation; The Boeing Company; CPS Energy; Nustar Energy; SWBC; Vulcan Materials Company; Edwards Aquifer Authority; San Antonio River Authority; and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc.