By Ben Lane, TSB Staff
McKinney Mayor Brian Loughmiller called this year’s Collin County Days a successful but busy visit to the state capital.
“It’s a whirlwind trip but we feel like it’s important,” Loughmiller told TownSquareBuzz.com.
A group of McKinney’s leaders traveled to Austin on Monday to meet with legislators in the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives and others. The event, Collin County Days, is an opportunity for all of the cities within the county to meet face to face with legislators to discuss their needs.
McKinney’s traveling party included Mayor Brian Loughmiller, City Manager Jason Gray, City Councilwoman Geralyn Kever, McKinney Economic Development Corporation President Jim Wehmeier and others. Loughmiller said their purpose was to communicate the legislative agenda and other needs of the city of McKinney.
The McKinney delegation attended nearly a dozen meetings, with each meeting scheduled an hour apart.
Loughmiller said that the McKinney group met with Speaker of the House Joe Straus and discussed general issues about the city and the expansion of the U.S. Highway 75 corridor. They also met with Secretary of State John Steen, to educate him on the economic development of McKinney. “We have a lot of contact with our direct reps, but this gives us a chance to talk to other legislators,” Loughmiller said.
“We always build on a legislative agenda that reflects what we think matters to the city. That includes issues such as transportation, infrastructure, local control issues, and how we use our tax dollars,” Loughmiler added. “We passed that agenda a month ago. This trip was an opportunity for us to pass the agenda on to the legislators in Austin.”
Loughmiller said the McKinney group also met with State Senators Craig Estes and Ken Paxton, State Representatives Scott Sanford and Jodie Laubenberg, and their respective staffs. “This trip is very worthwhile,” Loughmiller said. “It sets the stage for when we have a specific issue. They (the legislators and staff in Austin) have already been given some background and they understand our concerns.”