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Columns October 17, 2017  RSS feed

Trent Ashby

District 57 House of Representatives


Trent Ashby Trent Ashby As the nights become cooler and the autumn acorns crunch beneath our feet, we’re reminded once again that the fall season is upon us. This is the time of year we get to experience community festivals, homecoming parades, Friday night lights, and countless trips to the deer blind. This is one of my favorite times of the year, and I hope you’ll join me in taking a moment to appreciate how blessed we are to live in a country that cherishes these timeless fall traditions. With that, here's an update from your State Capitol . . . House Select Committee on Economic Competitiveness

Recently, the Speaker of the House formed a committee of seven House members to study economic competitiveness in the State of Texas. Though Texas remains a leader in job growth nationwide, our growing population dictates that we must be proactive in our mission to attract employers to this state. The committee has been directed to widen the scope from traditional measures such as tax incentives and will have sixty days to complete their work.

Topics may include issues such as education and job training at public schools and universities, as business owners will want their children and future employees to be as well equipped for the workforce as possible. The committee will also consider recommendations on infrastructure and how the state can best work with local governments, and the community as a whole, to ensure that each part of our state is ready to support these new jobs. Finally, the committee will consider the roll that local economic development groups play in why business' choose, or do not choose, to come to a certain community. I look forward to hearing more about the findings of this committee and learning how the state can help attract good, high paying jobs not just to Texas, but more importantly, to East Texas.

TRS Information Sessions

The Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and its health plan providers will be holding information sessions around the state over the next month to discuss the changes to TRS-Care, which take effect on January 1, 2018. At each stop, TRS will have a meeting for those participants with Medicare, a presentation on the Medicare prescription plan, and a presentation on medical and prescription plans for those participants without Medicare. • October 18 in Bryan at the Brazos County Exposition Complex (5827 Leonard Rd) • October 18 in Nacogdoches at Southern Bliss (5419 Hwy 59 South) • October 19 in Lufkin at Shelton’s Place (3603 FM 2108)

For more information on these events, please do not hesitate to reach out to my office, to TRS directly at 1-800- 850-1992, or online at www.trs.texas.gov.

Reminders

The mobile office is on the road in October and looks forward to seeing you around the district. Here's this month's schedule: October 18th at the Houston County Courthouse Annex in Crockett from 9:00-11:00am, or at the Trinity County Courthouse in Groveton from 1:30-3:30pm; on October 25th at the San Augustine County Courthouse in San Augustine from 9:00- 11:00pm.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact our office if we can help you in any way. Our district office may be reached at (936) 634-2762 or you can call my Capitol office at (512) 463-0508.


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