The 86th Texas legislature is in full swing. A coalition of San Antonio businesses and chambers of commerce are teaming up to vocalize their legislative priorities.
Lawmakers will soon make budgetary decisions, choosing to continue existing programs, address ongoing issues and fund new initiatives around the state for the next two years.
Local groups including four chambers of commerce are organizing an advocacy day for March 5 in Austin, mobilizing at least 150 business leaders and members of the community to visit the Texas Capitol and meet with lawmakers.
Their legislative agendas call for better education and health care outcomes for Texans, as well as more infrastructure for military affairs and transportation. The chambers also emphasize workforce development, highlighting the tourism, cybersecurity and aerospace industries and their contribitutions to the state's economy.
Why is finding common ground good for business and the community? What legislative priorities stand out to you?
- Richard Perez, president of the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- John Agather, 2019 chair for the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- J.D. Salinas, director of external and legislative affairs for AT&T and chair of the ¡VIVA San Antonio! coalition
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This interview aired on Wednesday, February 27, 2019.