State Representative John Otto and State Senator Charles Schwertner spoke to a meeting of local Republicans in a meeting open to the public Monday night at the Huntsville Public Library.
They covered a number of issues from education to the budget.
Senator Schwertner, a physician, commented on the issue of state expenditures for health care . . . .
Representative Otto did a breakdown of state spending. He said 53% is spent on education, 32% on Health and Human services with a match from the Feds, 9% goes to public safety, and 6% covers everything else . . . .
Senator Schwertner said, locally, the legislature gave a 5% pay increase to TDCJ officers. He said he and Representative Otto did a land transfer, “Land by the HEARTS Museum from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to Sam Houston State University.” He said, “Part of that land, five acres, will be a long term lease to the HEARTS Museum so it can expand some of their outdoor exhibits.” And, Schwertner said he “offered a study to look at taxes and property in the state of Texas and how it affects various regions. That did not pass.” This was in reference to the issue of Walker County having so much state- owned land, and its affect on local tax revenue.