Priorities are Clear in S.A.'s Day of Lobbying at the State Capitol

by 1200 WOAI news

If the corner office is empty today, it may be because your boss is in Austin with the semi annual 'VIVA San Antonio' lobbying trip of business and Chamber of Commerce officials to the Texas Legislature, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

About 150 people set out for the Capitol this morning, and AT&T executive J.D. Salinas, who is heading this years effort, says one main goal is to support the Legislature's effort to overturn San Antonio City Council's vote last year requiring private employers to pay sick leave to full time workers.

"Today is might be sick leave, tomorrow it might be tuition re-imbursement or other requirements," Salinas said. "We want to make sure that businesses have the discretion to take care of their employees."

Salinas says the group will also support the effort currently being made in the Legislature to boost public education, and increase teacher pay.

"If you want economic development, you take care of kids and you take care of teachers," he said. "We will make sure the Legislature realizes that today."

Other priorities include increased funding for transportation and for air quality management, since the metro area is currently out of compliance with federal clean air standards.

There is also an opportunity to focus on San Antonio's muscular cyber security industry, which is now the second largest in the country, and is helping lead the city's economic and employment growth.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our members to meet face-to-face with the decision makers who are driving the state’s legislative policies for the next two years,” Chamber President and CEO Richard Perez said. “Face time with our state’s leaders, including the Lieutenant Governor, gives us a chance to really showcase San Antonio, the needs of our city, and the strength of our business community.”

The group will also hold private meetings with top legislative leaders, including Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.

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