What’s happening in our state capital

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My Five Cents

As we head into the holiday season and you gather with friends and family, I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours.

Here are five things happening around your state this month:

1. Visiting the Permian Basin

One of the things that Texas is most known for, other than cowboys and everything being bigger, is oil booms. One that has been in the news recently is the Permian Basin in West Texas. This boom is so big that companies are producing twice as much oil as they were four years ago. Recently, I traveled to West Texas to see the effects this boom has brought to this area of Texas. As Senate Transportation Committee Chair, my primary purpose was to study the damages caused to the infrastructure by the heavy traffic a boom like this one brings with it.

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