Button, Angie Chen
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/31/2009
REP. BUTTON WILL CONTINUE HER EFFORTS TO IMPROVE THE TEXAS ECONOMY
(AUSTIN, TX) - Throughout the 81st legislative session, Representative Angie Chen Button's focus remained consistent as she worked toward a strong, independent, and thriving Texas economy.
As a member of the House Committee on Technology, Economic Development, and Workforce, Button thoroughly researched and supported legislation that will have a positive impact on job creation, job retention, and workforce development. She authored and co-authored 14 pieces of legislation aimed at these issues. One of which was HB 1277 which allowed the Texas Enterprise Fund to be used for job retention purposes in the state. Although this bill passed the House unanimously and passed out the Senate Economic Development committee, due to political stall tactics in the House on an unrelated piece of legislation, this bill was not heard on the floor of the Senate.
As a member of the Appropriations committee, Representative Button was in a key position to influence the budget process. She used this pull to ensure the survival of the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) and the Emerging Technology Fund (ETF). "Representative Button consistently urged Budget Conferees to fund the TEF and ETF constantly emphasizing the need for strong economic development initiatives in our state," stated Representative Jim Pitts, Chairman of the House Appropriations committee. As a result of these efforts, these two funds will continue to be funded.
"Although the 81st session is ending, much of my work is just getting started," stated the freshman legislator. "I have a full agenda prepared for the interim."
The first of the Representative's objectives is a thorough evaluation of current economic development tools available in our state. She plans to fully examine what we have in our toolbox and to apply benchmarks to measure the effectiveness of those tools on economic development. Additionally, Representative Button plans to evaluate what we can do to improve international trade opportunities and to make Texas more competitive in the global market. The third item on her interim agenda involves workforce training. According to Rep. Button, "We must be proactive and look forward to make sure Texas has a workforce trained for the needs and demands of the 21st century."
According to House Speaker Joe Straus, "Representative Button's background gives her a unique perspective on Economic Development. Her expertise in Technology and the Global Market make her a valuable addition to the Texas House of Representatives."
Currently serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Angie Chen Button serves portions of Richardson and Garland in Dallas County.
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