More than 75 members of the Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association (TACA) met with Texas legislators about issues important to the aggregate, concrete, cement and other associated industries as part of the association’s Capitol Day, which took place Feb. 5.
“Capitol Day is always a great opportunity for our members to help educate legislators and their staffs about matters affecting our industry,” said TACA President and CEO David Perkins. “It also lets us build and strengthen relationships to remind legislators how our members value and support the economy and the environment, as well as the sensible and efficient use of our state’s limited natural resources.”
The event included a Legislative Breakfast, which featured remarks from Sen. Brian Birdwell (Granbury), chairman of the Senate Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee.
“I’m honored to support the aggregate, concrete, cement and associated industries that help make Texas the great state that it is,” Birdwell said. “The growth of Texas relies on the infrastructure that TACA member companies are delivering every day.”
In the afternoon, TACA members met individually with more than 85 legislators and legislative staff members to discuss these vital industries.
Perkins said TACA member companies and employees are committed to and an essential part of the communities in which they operate. The state of Texas and nearly all its commercial base relies on aggregates, concrete, cement and other related materials to support growth and to build new structures and repair and modify existing infrastructure, such as schools, roads, hospitals and homes.
TACA members also contribute to state and local economies by creating blue collar and skilled jobs – more than 100,000 statewide, expanding communities’ tax bases and purchasing goods and services in the communities in which they operate. This spending supports thousands of families across the state.