Chatting at chamber

Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn (far right) chats Thursday with Robert Pettit and Daniel Earls at a meet and greet at the West Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce. See related story on Page A8.

Seeking re-election, District 2 State Rep. Dan Flynn met with a small-but-appreciative audience Thursday morning at the West Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Despite the small turnout, Flynn reminded those in attendance that “elections are won by people who show up.”

As he spoke, Flynn stressed his stance on firm border control and assured that “the wall is being built,” since the first section of border wall in Texas went up in the Rio Grande Valley in November.

“The drug cartels in Mexico have no respect for the rule of law, and when you don’t have rule of law it isn’t safe, so we’re working to keep people in Texas safe,” Flynn said.

Another major talking point of Flynn’s was concern over redistricting after the 2020 Census.

“We need to work to keep Dallas from cutting into East Texas as the lines are redrawn,” he said. “If they do, East Texas will lose its voice because they have a high population.”

Flynn also took great pride in the past legislative session’s passing of Texas House Bill 3 (Senate Bill 2), which is expected to provide – over two years – $2 billion to school districts throughout the state to be spent primarily on increases to public school teacher salaries.

Another component of House Bill 3, or the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act, is that it requires taxing units in the State of Texas to call an election before levying a tax that would result in a 3.5 percent increase in property tax revenue compared to the previous year.

Flynn also made sure to talk about how proud he is of Texas’ economy.

“Texas has always been a great place to live and raise a family, and it’s getting better,” Flynn told the Herald-Banner.

“When we didn’t get hit as hard as a lot of other states did with the ‘Great Recession,’ a lot of people were saying, ‘it’s because y’all have all that oil.’ While that’s part of it, we also have a lot of tech companies, especially in Austin, which keeps our state strong and a place that people want to be,” Flynn said.

Travis Hairgrove is a news reporter and features writer at the Herald-Banner and covers city government for many municipalities in Hunt County. To reach him outside of business hours, email THairgroveReporter@gmail.com.

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