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Monday, January 5, 2009

Mayor Pushes Legislative Agenda

From: Mayor, Pat Ahumada

Date: January 5, 2009

Re: Austin Trip

I will be traveling today to Austin to meet with Texas Border Coalition members in preparation for the upcoming State Legislative Session and will attend a TXDOT conference and reception to lobby for the designation of U.S. Highway I-69, funding for Morrison Road, and other transportation infrastructure needs.

As mayor, I am working with legislators to represent to them the need to commit funding for Brownsville and regional projects that benefit Brownsville’s needs for present and future growth. Brownsville has been by far overlooked or ignored in the past and it is time that we all make sure our needs are heard and approved.

This is the time to work together with all our governmental entities to ensure that we speak with one voice. As mayor, I will also be traveling with the Brownsville Chamber’s Interagency Legislative Committee in early February to reinforce Brownsville’s request for consideration and approval.

As mayor of Brownsville, Chairman of the MPO Committee, PUB ex-officio board member, TBC member, and in support of Brownsville’s Chamber’s Interagency Committee, I will be spending the time needed to lobby hard in support of these entities and for the designation and funding for I-69 U.S. Highway, PUB’s 20 MG desalinization plant, Amtrak passenger train service, Morrison Road expansion, and other road projects, along with environmental funding and consideration for alternative sources of energy.

Some of these projects and requests the city and the committees want funding for are something that we have been working on all year long, but it is important to work in unity with all the entities and to make sure our legislators hear from us often in order to get the funding all other cities are competing for. I encourage citizens to write their legislators in support of the city’s requests.

Pat Ahumada
Via email

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Mel,
Don't you think the mayor should post his plan on the city of Brownsville web page too?

Justo T. LLamas

Monday, January 05, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Austin and state legislative issues, check this out.....what is everyone's thoughts on this?

State of Neglect: Revolving door lets lawmakers profit from Capitol floor time

Tuesday, January 06, 2009  
Blogger Melissa Zamora said...

Don't you think the mayor should post his plan on the city of Brownsville web page too?

Of course. The City of Brownsville Web site needs to be utilized more for public information -- videos, live streaming, press releases, etc.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, we are so behind the times here............don't we have a public informatiion department. I mean, come on folks, TV shouldn't be the only way to think that people can be informed. The internet is the way to go.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009  

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