This week was a busy week for my staff and me. On Tuesday, the Commission on Public School Finance met to discuss the various constraints and unfunded mandates that are put on Superintendents and school districts. On Wednesday, the Expenditures Workgroup of the commission met. In this meeting we discussed various weights of the school finance system. In the coming weeks, we will be finalizing our recommendations to the full commission to update the mechanics of the complicated school finance system. If you would like to include your input, you can email all of the commission members at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, concerns, or feedback.
I want to make you aware that the San Jacinto Watershed Community Meeting scheduled for June 14th has been postponed. My office has yet to receive information regarding the details of the new meeting, but I will let you know as soon as I can. In the meantime, please continue to monitor the Harris County Flood Control District’s website. It will contain the most up-to-date information about the upcoming meetings.
The General Land Office has also launched a new survey to understand the housing needs of those areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. A link to the survey and more information can be found below.
Please note that as of this week my Legislative Director, Molly Spratt, is the only full-time staff member in the Capitol office. If you call the Capitol office and require assistance, please be sure to leave a message if you do not get a hold of her. She is likely on the other line or in a meeting. She will respond to you as soon as possible. Remember that you can also reach me and my staff via email. Our contact information is at the bottom of this newsletter.