September 2, 2021


 

  Whitmire
  Senator John Whitmire

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It was really great to return to an in-person gathering! Here is a recap of our September 2nd Business Network Breakfast with Senator John Whitmire, District 15, as our speaker.

From Senator Whitmire:

  • The special session and special sessions have been challenging and unique.
  • The Senate passed the next biennial budget 31-0 at the end of May.
  • Partisanship has been frustrating as members of both parties have historically worked together to address the issues facing Texas and Texans.
  • Everyone should know who represents them in the Legislature and follow their voting record.
  • Texas has a large number of emigrants from California, and suggested that Governor Abbot develop a plan with President Biden to address illegal immigration:
    • Support for Central American governments,
    • Stop the flow of women and children at the border, and
    • Deal with cartels as criminals.
  • Public issues such as financing public safety, addressing flooding, and funding public schools and higher education should be separated from social issues.
  • The next special session will focus on redistricting, with Texas gaining 2 Congressional seats.
  • ERCOT should address global warming.
  • Tax abatements to attract industry shift the tax burden to other property owners.
  • Consider all funding sources for state government, including personal income tax; current funding levels do not meet the needs. He proposed a 3% state income tax would offset school district property taxes across the state. This would require a Texas Constitution amendment.
  • Will run for re-election to the Senate in 2022 and hopes to bring his experience in Austin to Houston as Mayor.

 

A number of projects are underway in the Near Northwest Management District:

  • Allora Northwest Crossing on Bingle is a Trammel Crow Residential development with 378 units under construction and leasing now.
  • The Workshops on Breen are under construction.
  • Langfield Industrial completed a 135,000 square foot warehouse on Langfield.
  • Reynolds and Reynolds has a new office building under construction on Hollister.
  • Seton Lake Logistical Center is under construction on SH 249.
  • Urban Logistics Center on Breen is in the site work phase.
  • Linda Vista Apartments has been sold and rebranded as The Life at Grand Oaks and is undergoing extensive renovations and upgrades.
  • The District’s W Little York Pedestrian Improvements project - building new sidewalks on W Little York – is under construction. This is 80% federally funded with the District covering 20% of costs. This project will also support the extension of METRO’s bus service early next year.
  • New billboards on IH 610 and US 290 and radio spots are running to market the District.

 

National Night Out returns on October 5th; contact Walter Funes.
The Toy Drive with Constable Alan Rosen will start in November.
The White Oak Conference Center is booking now for holiday parties; contact Jan Whittington.
Business Network Celebration on December 2, 2021.