Speaker Bonnen Appoints Rep. Schaefer to Key Committees
January 23, 2019 – Today, Speaker Bonnen announced House committee assignments, and appointed me [Rep. Matt Schaefer] to serve on both the Appropriations and Higher Education committees. These committees have a direct and broad impact on the lives of people in Smith County.
The Appropriations Committee writes the House version of the Texas budget, which will determine how over $220 billion of tax payer money is spent. The Higher Education Committee sets policies that effect all Texas colleges and universities including UT Tyler, Tyler Junior College, and Texas College. I am very excited to serve on these committees!
Budgets are about priorities. I believe public school teachers and property tax relief and reform must be at the top of the list in this budget. Texas can, and must, do better with regard to public education and property taxes. Those priorities can be adequately addressed while ensuring we live within our means. If we don’t spend your money wisely, we will choke the economic engine that has given Texas so much prosperity. Texas must remain prosperous for generations to come. This will be a great session. It is a high privilege to serve all the people of District 6.
Thank you for allowing me to serve you.