Local Leaders Head For DC

By: Toni Harrison
By: Toni Harrison

31 area business leaders will spend the next week in our nations capital lobbing for local interests and the group is leaving with a firm agenda.

"Economic development, education and workforce development, health care, we're concerned about the rising cost of healthcare. We're interested in the permanent repeal of the sales tax deductions on your federal income tax, the last issue is transportation," said Royce Hickman, president and CEO, Bryan/College Station Chamber of Commerce.

The chamber has outlined details of each agenda item in a brochure. Hickman says because the trip has been successful in the past it is an annual event.

"We pushed real hard for the deduction of your sales tax from the federal income tax and that was approved for a two year term," he said.

While in Washington, the group will divide into smaller groups for meetings with government agencies, like the department of education and the states top leaders.

"We will visit all 32 house of representative members from Texas and we will visit with both of the senators from Texas," said Hickman.

Hickman says these meetings help local leaders develop beneficial working relationships with decision makers in Washington.

"When we have an issue that we're concerned about, we get our phone calls answered up there and we're able to get through to somebody that can do us some good," said Hickman.

And Hickman says it's relationships like that, that makes the trip important for everyone in the Brazos Valley.


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