TAAACC Salutes the 2011 Texas Legislative Black Caucus

TAAACC Salutes the 2011 Texas Legislative Black Caucus

By Floyd Miller

 

 

 

I traveled to Austin for the TAAACC Quarterly Meeting and also attended the Salute to Texas Legislative Caucus.I was in attendance at both of the gatherings as President of the Abilene Black Chamber of Commerce. Our state President, Mr. Jim Wyatt, opened the meeting. Here are his remarks: “I am both pleased and humbled by the confidence the board has placed in me that I continue as President of the Texas Association of African America Chambers of Commerce . The accomplishments we have made on our initiatives during 2010 have brought me a great deal of personal satisfaction and contributed to the shaping of TAAACC that I believe is more efficient, more flexible and better prepared for the needs of a recovering small business economy. I look forward to continuing this process with the support of our Board, as well as the eighteen member chambers of TAAACC and nearly ten thousand small businesses whose hard work is central to our mission.{{more}} We all know that these have not been easy times for business in this state. TAAACC has a long tradition of creating opportunities both in the public and private sector. Our focus in the coming year is to make sure we continue to have a robust pipeline of contracts which will provide opportunities for our qualified members. We will continue the growth of our programs and provide opportunities for more minority owned businesses. We will continue to focus on sustainability, encouraging more energy efficiency inGwendolyn Robinson, Secretary of TAAACC. Photo by Floyd Miller.our projects. We will continue to pursue legislative proposals that will increase our client base while we also streamline and refine our own internal processes.Governor Perry is challenging state government to do more with less. I believe that this is a challenge to all of us – a call to fine tune the way we do business, making us that much better prepared for the opportunities which lie ahead.The Texas Associate of African American Chambers of Commerce “The Voice and Resource for African-American Chambers of Commerce and the Business Community” has no register lobbyist; however, we are appreciative to our legislative advisors that assist in our legislative directions As TAAACC analyze this 82nd Legislative session, we recognize that there is roughly a $27 billion budget deficit that has to have a Gary Bledsoe, President of the Texas NAACP. Photo by Floyd Miller.resolution; the state will need to close the demands for services as compared to anticipated revenue. There also will be considerable time spent on re-districting, and Health Care delivery.In addition, Voter I.D. will consume legislative time and effort, as well as the legislators spending enormous time debating immigration issues.Other issues that will be addressed during this session are: Business and Economic Development, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, Health and Human Services, Public Education, Higher Education, Energy and Environment, Transportation, Government Organization and Judiciary.Texas is a great state with great people and prospects. And certainly we can always spend public money more efficiently. But we should not miss the opportunity to prepare for a future with better education and training, resulting in rising incomes and greater opportunities.Texas Associate of African American Chambers of Commerce policy is to monitor the political landscape to assure all businesses have the opportunity to succeed in Texas. Also, TAAACC places special emphasis on small mom and pop businesses that are DBE’s and advocate for policies that allow greater participation based on the current “Disparity Study”. We pray God’s blessing on this 82nd Legislative Session of the great state of Texas.*For more pictures from this story please visit the PICTURE STORIES FROM AROUND ABILENE section*