AUSTIN – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the passage of Senate Bill 28 – the Texas Port Expansion Act, by Senator Brandon Creighton, (R – Conroe). The bill passed with a unanimous vote.
“Texas ports serve as gateways to the state economy creating nearly 1.6 million jobs for Texans and representing an estimated 25% of the state’s gross domestic product. In order for Texas to remain the number one exporting state we must continue to enhance connectivity to ports and invest in port infrastructure. SB 28 will accomplish this goal by providing critical funding opportunities that ensure our ports remain competitive.
“I commend Sen. Creighton for his commitment to our ports and to strengthening the economy of Texas.”