Texas Ranks #9 in Economic Outlook, Money for Public Schools and Protective Vests for Law Enforcement

April 20, 2017
Texas Ranks #9 in Economic Outlook

In the 10th edition of Rich States, Poor States that was published this week, Texas is ranked #9 in Economic Outlook in the country. That’s the best ranking for Texas in the decade of this report being published – and an improvement of 10 spots. (from 19th in 2010).

Check out this interactive website that navigates the 10 years of Rich States, Poor States data and details Texas’ ranking.

http://www.richstatespoorstates.org/states/TX/

SB 12 – Protective Vests for Law Enforcement  – Heads to House Floor

Tuesday, my committee laid out and voted on SB 12, legislation that creates a grant program that will equip law enforcement across Texas with protective vests.  This legislation will allow law enforcement agencies to apply for a grant that can be used to purchase protective vests.  I am proud to be the House author of this legislation and bring it before the full house.  It was voted out unanimously from committee.

https://www.texastribune.org/2017/04/18/police-bulletproof-vests-bill-moves-closer-governors-desk/

Funding For Public Schools 
Yesterday we passed on the house floor HB 21, a school finance bill that increased funding for Texas public schools.  Below is a one pager on the legislation.  This legislation is a step in the right direction for much needed school finance reform.

Visit with Weatherford Student Who Served as House Page