Editorials by Tan


Setting the Record Straight on our State Budget

July 1st, 2013

In short, this budget was about investing in our future to make sure that the next 50 years are at least as prosperous as the last 50 years. As always, it is an honor to serve you in the Texas House of Representatives.

Chairing the Corrections Committee, 60 Days In

April 4th, 2013

When committee assignments were released at the end of January, I was honored to be selected as Chair of the Corrections Committee. In the two months since, I have taken in a wealth of information on our criminal justice system. Our system, which is one of the largest in the world, currently employees more than 37,000 individuals, has an annual budget of $3.1 billion, houses over 150,000 incarcerated offenders in 111 correctional facilities and supervises more than 87,000 offenders under active parole

Texas’ Manufacturing Industry – Endless Promise But Not Without Challenges

February 12th, 2013

The House Manufacturing Committee report emphasized the need to develop creative solutions to our skilled workforce shortfall. In that light, I will be introducing legislation this session that will give the manufacturing industry more direct control over how the state utilizes our educational resources.

The Road Left to Travel

January 19th, 2013

Over the last six years, Texas has cut taxes, balanced budgets by reducing state spending, fostered a strong economic climate, put forth pro-job growth policies, safeguarded election integrity, and strengthened Texas’s commitment to the life of unborn children, among other victories. Yet, much work still remains to keep Texas the envy of our nation. I like to call it the road left to travel, and collectively this will be the focus of the upcoming legislative session.

How Far We Have Come

December 11th, 2012

As I sit and reflect on what we have accomplished for this state in just six short years, it makes me proud of the path Texas is on and optimistic about our ability to continue to effectively address critical issues facing this state. While I understand that there is still much to be done, which I will cover in my editorial next month, allow me to share with you a few highlights of what has been done in Texas in recent years.

Defending Voter ID

November 4th, 2012

Voter identification does not place an unwelcome burden on minority voters. According to a recent Pew Research Center survey, 71% of Latino voters and 62% of African American voters shared their support for photo ID laws. The same survey found that 97% of Latino voters feel confident that they possess the necessary ID to vote, down just 1% from all respondents.

A Brighter Look at Humanity During this Traditionally Negative Season

October 5th, 2012

With our President setting the tone, we know what is in store. That is why I wanted to share with you some recent examples of the countless acts of compelling benevolence, self-sacrifice, and generosity that happen right here in Denton County. So the next time you want to roll your eyes at a political commercial on tv, think back instead to one of these stories…

Back To School 2012

August 2nd, 2012

I am excited to see this school year start for my daughters, but the preparation that goes into it has sneaked up on Beth and I yet again. If you find yourself in this same situation, here are some tips for getting your family ready to go back to school.

Safely Enjoying Our Public Waterways

June 25th, 2012

Each year, hundreds of Texans tragically die on our many lakes, rivers and coastal regions. Sadly, most of these deaths prove to be preventable simply by following some general safety instructions and understanding all applicable laws.

Know Before You Go

May 31st, 2012

Revamping the process for the future is imperative, but we must also be mindful of the present. Drivers license offices here locally and around the state will soon be on the receiving end of their seasonal rush with school now out. The department is preparing for the summer rush by adding seasonal employees and affording new customer services options, but as customers there are steps we can take to ensure the best possible experience. I like to call it, know before you go.