Texas House Boosts Support for State Parks

By Speaker Joe Straus

Families across Texas are spending time this summer exploring and enjoying one of our greatest treasures: our parks system. The 95 parks, natural areas, and historic sites in the State Parks System have given generations of Texans an accessible, affordable way to relax and connect to the natural wonder of this state.

This year, the Texas Legislature acted to not just improve our parks, but to ensure that a reliable funding source is in place to support these magical spaces. Because of the Legislature’s action, Texas families will be able to enjoy these outdoor wonders for many years to come.

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Legislative Action Lessens Need for Tolls

By Speaker Joe Straus

Transportation is one of the most important issues facing this state, impacting both our economy and our quality of life on a daily basis. That’s why we’ve made improving transportation one of our highest priorities in the Texas House over the last several years.

In light of those efforts, I am hopeful that local and state transportation officials will abandon plans to use toll bonds for two important projects in the San Antonio area.

Several of us who represent Bexar County in the Legislature, including Representative Lyle Larson, have been working with state and local officials to explore ways to add capacity to U.S. Highway 281 and Interstate 10 without the use of tolled lanes. In recent months, I have hosted several meetings with legislators and other Bexar County leaders to discuss this issue.

This discussion is happening because we’ve made a number of important efforts to prioritize transportation. In the legislative session that ended June 1, for example, the House insisted that, for the first time in decades, we use the State Highway Fund entirely for transportation instead of diverting more than $1 billion of that money to other programs every two years.

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