Nacogdoches County Chamber Legislative Agenda
Posted 01 - 14 - 2015






February 18, 2015                                                                                                                 v. 5





To: Members of the Texas Legislature



 



From: Government Affairs Committee of Nacogdoches County Chamber of Commerce



 



The following items are priorities of our community for the 84th Legislative Session.



 



Economic Development



n  Invest in workforce development and technical training, especially in rural areas.



n  Support the construction of Lake Columbia.



 



Education



n  Approve a $58 million Tuition Revenue Bond for a new Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics facility at Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA).



n  Provide funding at SFA’s Waters of East Texas (WET) Center for water research - $500,000 for each year of the biennium



n  Support additional relief funding for Texas universities to help mitigate the fiscal impact of the Hazelwood Legacy tuition exemption program.



n  Allow SFA students to consider an Intercollegiate Athletics fee.



n  Support enhanced student financial aid funding to improve access to higher education.



n  Support the recommendation of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board regarding formula and outcomes-based funding for higher education. 



n  Support local school districts’ efforts to focus on student engagement, while supporting employer’s needs for standards, assessments and accountability.



 



Community



n  Fund and promote Texas Certified Retirement Community program.



n  Support funding resources and assistance for rural hospital and indigent health care.



n  Oppose legislation which encroaches on local government’s ability to self govern.



n  Provide funding for adequate broadband throughout rural counties.



 



Transportation and infrastructure



n  Support continued work on an east-west highway corridor through East Texas, such as improving Hwy 21 and Hwy 103.



n  Support upgrade of State Highway 204 to four-lane or a “super two” between Jacksonville and Nacogdoches. This could create a direct extension of U.S. Highway 175 to U.S. Highway 59, improving safety and commerce from Dallas to East Texas.



n  Support funding for the I-69 initiative. Support funding for South US 59 direct connect at Loop 224.



 



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