An Update from the Capitol

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Here’s an update from your State Capitol…

With committee assignments finalized, the real work of this 84th Legislative Session is now beginning in earnest. From our first look at appropriation requests to our mission to help active and retired educators, here’s an update from your State Capitol…

First Appropriations Meetings

The House Appropriations Committee is wasting no time in getting to work on our state budget. This week the committee met for three days and received a general overview of the finance request from various state agencies. Budget-writing is a unique process, and the experience I gained on this committee during the last legislative session will go a long way in enabling me to best serve the needs of rural Texas. The Appropriations Committee is known for its early morning meetings and heartfelt debates, and I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and working with fellow committee members to ensure we are spending our tax dollars in a manner that is both efficient and effective.

Teacher Retirement System

Over the past few weeks, I have been contacted by many active and retired teachers throughout our district who have shared their concern about finding a long-term solution for stabilizing the Teacher Retirement System. Protecting and improving the retirement and benefits of both our active and retired teachers continues to be a top priority for me. During the last legislative session, we worked to pass a major bill that shored up TRS retirement benefits for future generations and provided a cost-of-living adjustment for those retirees who needed it the most. While the TRS fund is now actuarially sound, there is still much work to be done, including thoughtful and intentional action by the Legislature to make sure that our retired teachers have access to quality and affordable healthcare.

Lufkin/Angelina County Day

On February 11th we celebrated Lufkin/Angelina County Day at our State Capitol. Many of you made the long trip to Austin to be with us, and I can’t thank you enough for helping make the day a huge success. We were able to hear from some great guest speakers including: Colonel Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety; Luis Saenz, Director of Governor Abbott’s Appointments Office; and Dan Finch, Legislative Affairs Director for the Texas Medical Association. These folks helped lead discussions on rural healthcare, border security and several other issues that deeply affect our district.

Mobile Office

Our District Director, Linda Parker, will be at the Houston County Courthouse on February 18th from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. and that afternoon at the Trinity County Courthouse from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. She will end the month at the San Augustine County Courthouse on February 25th from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

As always, my staff and I are available during the week at (936) 634-2762 or (512) 463-0508. Please do not hesitate to call if we can ever be of assistance, and remember that our door is always open.

Representative Trent Ashby

Lee Miller
Lee Miller was born in Denison, TX and grew up in East Texas with his family. He studied music education at Stephen F. Austin State University taking a job in television on his last day of student teaching. Lee also provides business authoritative expertise to the broadcast industry as a consultant. Presently he is CEO of MSG Resources LLC, which specializes in consulting within broadcast best practices, distribution technologies and media strategy mastery. - - - - - Lee Miller is a well-known veteran of the broadcast media industry with particular experience in leading for-profit and non-profit broadcasting organizations. His career began in Lufkin, Texas in the early 80’s where he progressed from studio operations to creative services and network management. Mr. Miller has since received various professional designations and memberships such as Society of Broadcast Engineers accredited frequency coordinator, The Energy Professionals Association Certified Energy Consultant, and National Religious Broadcasters Television Committee & past Chair. Lee also serves as the Executive Director of the Advanced Television Broadcasting Alliance, is a member of the Advanced Television Systems Committee and is proud to be part of Texas Association of Broadcasters Golden Mic Club, highlighting extraordinary careers in broadcasting. Continued engagement with his community is at the core of his business practices serving on the board of the Salvation Army and as keyboardist for the contemporary worship band at Harmony Hill Baptist Church. Lee lives near Lufkin Texas on one of his family’s tree farms located in the Texas Forest Country region north of Houston. He is married to Kenla and has two grown children, Joshua, COO of MSGPR Ltd Co and Morgan, a Critical Care ICU RN.

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