State lawmakers wrapped up day two of what could be a long legislative session. They are facing a number of pressing situations, from public education to healthcare.
Lubbock State Senator, Robert Duncan, said the $27 million shortfall last session required some rearranging of priorities and making necessary reforms simply because of a lack of funds.
This session, Duncan said he hopes to develop long-term solutions to some of the problems our state is facing because of growth, such as road infrastructure.
"We have a lot of, if you'll look at, the good economy is really out in West Texas where we have serious oil and gas exploration which is hard on roads and in the past we've had the wind industry where they're hauling in the turbines and the heavy equipment and those have been very tough on a lot of our farm to market roads," Duncan said. "So we're going to have to be very I think we'll have to look at transportation as an issue."
Senator Duncan said meeting water needs and providing adequate school facilities for fast growing districts are also high on his priorities list.