State Rep. Scott Sanford, who represents House District 70, was the featured speaker during last week’s Interurban Alley Luncheon.
Sanford spoke to a crowd of around 90 chamber members from the Melissa Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce, Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce and Howe Area Chamber of Commerce.
Sanford gave a recap of the 86th legislative session, including a breakdown of the 2020-2021 State Budget. The $250.7 billion budget’s top three expenditures are in health and human services, public education and transportation.
As of Spring 2018 only 43% of third grade Texas students meet grade level reading requirements, Sanford said of the future workforce, educators, politicians and business owners. Sanford also spoke about Gov. Greg Abbott’s 60/30 plan to increase that percentage to 60% by the year 2030.
A few of the laws addressed by the 86th legislative session were Senate Bill 2, which is the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act that automatically triggers a November election when taxes are raised above the voter approval rate. Sanford also talked about House Joint Resolution 38, which gives voters the power to ban a state income tax.
Interurban Alley Luncheons are held quarterly and are a joint venture of the Melissa, Anna, Van Alstyne and Howe chambers of commerce.