January 22, 2013
January 22, 2013
I love Texas. I also think Texas can do better on things like making government more open and honest, teaching our kids, planning for water needs and keeping middle-class Texans safe. I’m filing a handful of bills today to help address those priorities, and I’ll tell you about those in a minute.
I also love this country. And I want to start today by writing about the history we witnessed and experienced over the weekend.
This weekend was a blast for the Watson family. My brother Kyle and my sister-in-law Marianne joined Liz and me in Washington DC for the inauguration of President Obama.
Kyle and I really enjoy each other. If we’d ended up in the same city (they live in San Antonio), I think we’d see each other close to every day. It’s always fun when we’re together, and we always laugh a ton.
We certainly did it right this weekend. Instead of spending the weekend at a bunch of galas or balls, we just spent as much time with each other, and saw as many sights, as possible. We were aggressive tourists, and we covered a lot of ground. It was especially poignant to see all of that history just before President Obama’s speech and his demonstration of what makes this country great.
You can see some of the pictures here. Here are a few from a really special weekend.
Walking from the Jefferson Memorial over to the FDR and MLK Memorials.
We rented bikes after a while so we could cover more ground.
Kyle and me when we arrived at the inaugural.
It was an inspiring weekend. It gives me a lot of hope, energy and excitement as I think about this legislative session and the reform and change we can bring to state government over the next few months.
I’m filing seven bills today that speak to areas where Texas can and should do better. They cover areas like budget honesty, public education, water planning, and safety. No question, when we think about all the change that needs to come to the Capitol – in these areas and others – this is just a start of what needs to happen.
But these bills represent a great start, and I’m proud to be working on them. They would:
These bills would leave Texas in better shape than we’re finding it. They’d address challenges and opportunities that middle-class Texans face, and they’d help us prepare for our future.
I’m looking forward to spending the next few months making sure that these bills become laws. I’ll keep you posted on how it’s going.
Thanks for your attention and concern as we work to make sure that Texas does better.