Hurd on the Hill Columns
What do I think of when I think of summer vacation? A jellyfish sting.
Folks in the 23rd District know well that West Texas energy fuels our economy. In fact, the Texas portion of the Permian Basin alone provides more than 444,000 jobs, contributes more than $60.2 billion to the Gross State Product of Texas and generates $113.6 billion in economic output for local communities.
This week is deemed National Agriculture Week and we in the 23rd District of Texas are certainly grateful for the hard work of farmers and ranchers year-round. Folks in the agriculture industry toil around the clock to produce goods that we consume every day from the clothes on our backs to the food on our tables.
Women entrepreneurs make up a growing portion of our economy. In fact, the number of women-owned businesses in the United States increased five times over the last decade. Their presence is all the more evident in our backyard, as Texas is home to more than 890,000 women-owned businesses, the second most in the entire nation.
February marks Black History Month, an opportunity for all Americans to reflect upon and celebrate the countless contributions of African-Americans to our great nation. Having spent nine years as an undercover officer in the CIA, I had the opportunity to serve shoulder-to-shoulder with our brave men and women in uniform.
Most folks aren’t accountants, myself included. And if you are not a CPA or a tax code expert, the idea of major tax reform can sound perplexing. Before the New Year, our tax code was four million words long – the same length as the Old and New testaments times five.
What do you call the facilitation of $2 million of goods and services across our borders every minute? In Texas, we call it NAFTA.
No one wants to hear about another hack. As our society becomes more and more reliant on constantly emerging technologies from smart phones to smart cities, we have not been able to keep our digital information secure while harnessing these innovations.
In order to cut through the divisive political noise and be an effective Representative, my philosophy has been real simple: agree when you agree and disagree when you disagree.
Imagine the following hypothetical scenario: you could buy either one of the first cell phone models (the one that could basically double as a brick) for one price or the latest smartphone for a cheaper price. Which would you buy?