Flynn Report: March 4 2015

March 4th, 2015

Greetings Friends, Constituents and Supporters:

As the 84th Texas Legislature continues to move forward we have been involved in many committee meetings as well as having the opportunity to meet and visit with many friends and constituents from the District.  This week we enjoyed celebrating Hunt County Day at the Capitol with approximately 70 folks from the county attending various activities.  Always a joy to have folks from the district. 

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You might be interested in several important issues that were being addressed this week:

Tax Cuts

House Ways and Means Chairman Dennis Bonnen responded to questions today that he feels Texas House leaders believe tax cuts could top $4 billion.

“We really believe that we ought to be able to do more than $4 billion in tax cuts here in the House,” Bonnen said. “We don’t have a number at this point. We just know that we can do better than that.”  The Texas House made it clear today what we have been saying from the start of this session that major tax relief will be a cornerstone of the state budget.

The statements by Chairman Dennis Bonnen and Speaker Joe Straus echoed the commitment that Republicans have made “to return a sizeable portion of our unappropriated revenue to its rightful owners, the taxpayers of this state.”

l agree and will work to maintain The Texas Model built on the principle that tax relief and fiscally responsible spending plans will generate economic prosperity.  I am looking forward to being a part of my Republican colleagues in the Texas House of Representatives who are fully committed to this vision we have been saying from the start of this session that major tax relief will be a cornerstone of the state budget.

Chairman Dennis Bonnen and Speaker Joe Straus echoed the commitment that Republicans have “to return a sizeable portion of our unappropriated revenue to its rightful owners, the taxpayers of this state.”

l agree and will work to maintain The Texas Model that is built on the principle that tax relief and fiscally responsible spending plans will generate economic prosperity.

I am looking forward to being a part of my Republican colleges in the Texas House of Representatives that are fully committed to this vision.

Teachers Retirement System

A top issue for funding this legislative session has been to support teachers and retired teachers in the full funding of healthcare for retirees.  Last week I supported Chairman Otto during a meeting of the House Committee on Appropriations where the committee committed to funding pensions for our retired teachers.  

Texas teachers are a large part of molding the Texas leaders of tomorrow and many teachers and retirees have expressed their concerns on this matter and I am glad that the House is going to address the shortage of funding for retiree health care over the next two years as we continue to assess long-term solutions in my committee for those who served our state and our school children for so many years.

Stronger Border, Safer Texas

Chairman Dennis Bonnen, Chairman Senfronia Thompson Representative Oscar Longoria held a press conference this week to address the growing problems relating to border security and border patrol. Bonnen introduced House Bill 11, a bipartisan bill relating to the powers and duties of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the investigation, prosecution, punishment, and prevention of certain offenses; creating an offense and increasing a criminal penalty. Bonnen said, “Crime that begins at the border rarely stays at the border. It finds its way into communities across Texas and the rest of the nation, where human beings are exploited for profit, and lives are ruined by drug addiction.”

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Representative Longoria filed HB 12 which codifies and clarifies the duties of the Border Prosecution Unit. HB 12 also places the Border Prosecution Unit into statute to help local officials prosecute border related crime, including drug smuggling, murder, kidnapping, extortion, money laundering and human trafficking. Representative Longoria said, “This bill will give our prosecutors the resources and support they need to ensure that those who enslave, exploit and endanger others are put behind bars where they belong.

I have also filed my own bill, HCR 61, demanding that the Federal Government reimburse the State of Texas for over 600 million dollars spent on protecting the border and our citizens. I am glad that my fellow members are joined in the determination to protect the border and take action when the Federal Government has refused to do so.

It remains my pleasure and honor to represent all the people of House District 2. My staff and I continue to welcome your input and your questions. You can contact our office; mailing address: P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768.

Email: District2.Flynn@house.state.tx.us.

Phone Number: 512-463-0880

 

May God continue to bless you and the Great State of Texas!

 

Dan Flynn, State Representative, District 2