Building Our Future & Strengthening Our Voice
The roaring storms of Spring are rolling into Houston this week- saturating our gardens and stalling our daily commutes to the sound of wiper blades beckoning clear skies and clear lanes. While we simply wish for better mobility options, our transportation agency leaders are working tirelessly to envision, plan and build the future of our region.
Earlier this week hundreds of industry advocates had a front row seat for an intimate discussion with Port Chairman Janiece Longoria, METRO Chair Carrin Patman and Union Pacific Public Affairs VP Brenda Mainwaring – fearless leaders making history and molding the mobility of tomorrow. Their personal and professional messages left audience members captivated and inspired – including advice for young women and men navigating their career paths and an in-depth look at the passion they hold for their work and the employees they lead.
Texas Transportation Commissioner Laura Ryan, who completes the quartet of female leaders, was unable to participate due to a rescheduled Commission meeting. Special thanks to BayTran and the Houston Contractors Association for their partnership in this important event.
The unity and partnership continues with the success of Green Light Houston 2017 as hundreds of Houston area advocates and leaders converged on the capitol to thank legislators and remind them to #KeepThePromise and avoid using any dedicated transportation funding to help balance the budget.
Green Light delegates were recognized before the full Texas Transportation Commission and met with dozens of key legislators and their staff – emphasizing the need to PROTECT our funding, KEEP all funding tools in the toolbox and EXPLORE additional transportation funding options. Strong opposition for SB 2 – related to the revenue cap for property taxes – was also part of the day’s top priorities. (read TAG’s opposition)
Our day concluded with a Highlight Houston reception with special remarks from Senate Transportation Chairman Robert Nichols, House Transportation member Rep. Ed Thompson, Rep, Mike Schofield, TxDOT Deputy Director Marc Williams and Harris County Commissioner Jack Cagle. Special thanks to Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta, Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal, LJA Engineering, 36A Coalition and BayTran for their partnership.
TAG’s Boots On The Ground
TAG is pleased to introduce Mackenna Head Wehmeyer who is serving as our lobbyist for the 2017 session as we work to protect and preserve all transportation funding.
Born and raised in Austin, Mackenna graduated from St. Edward’s University with
honors, earning a degree in Political Science and a minor in Communication. She is a
member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
After graduation, Mackenna worked in the Texas House of Representatives, where she
furthered her policy experience, professional relationships, and understanding of the legislative process. Mackenna thrived while working for a powerful House Chairman – requiring her to be knowledgeable, organized, accurate and concise. Mackenna also learned the importance of being personable and building relationships, necessary attributes in her chosen field.
During her time in college, Mackenna got a jump start on her lobbying career by working through three internships. These included working for Representative Dan Branch, KSCW, a lobby firm on K Street in Washington, DC, and Hillco Partners in Austin.
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With President Trump’s recent budget proposal that slashes billions from the federal transportation budget and threatens to eliminate mass transit funding, 32 states across the nation have introduced over 100 transportation funding bills.
Motor fuel taxes remain the most popular revenue proposal vehicle in 2017, with 34 bills introduced in 18 states that include a motor fuel tax increase. Non-fuel tax recurring funding is the second most proposed topic, with 26 bills including either registration fee increases, tolling, sales taxes, license and weight fees, or another source of revenue that would continually contribute to the state’s transportation fund. Local funding and electric vehicle fees are also popular transportation revenue topics this legislative session.
Transportation funding continues to be a bipartisan issue. Republican state lawmakers have introduced 59 bills to-date, while Democratic state legislators have introduced 24 bills. Of the motor fuel tax increases, 16 were introduced by Republican lawmakers and 13 were introduced by Democratic lawmakers.