Texas House Committee on Transportation Terry Canales explains why he’s supporting Morgan LaMantia for state Senate District 27.

As the May 24 runoff election approaches, who we choose as the next State Senator from South Texas matters, especially in today’s fragile economy.

State Rep. Terry Canales

Jobs and economic development are fundamental to working families and our communities’ ability to provide opportunity for the next generation, as well as fund local infrastructure and quality of life improvements. Our next state senator needs to be a job creator.

We’ve always had to fight for our fair share, and the last thing we can afford is an elected official who does not know what it takes to get things done. We need a candidate who understands our local transportation problems and the problems with our property tax system.

·      In a recent campaign forum, LaMantia’s opponent stated that she opposed the building of a second causeway to South Padre Island. The causeway is a job creator, promotes tourism, and builds our local tax base, which is exactly what is needed to fund neighborhood roads, libraries, and public safety.

·      Her opponent has also expressed confusion over limits the legislature has put into place over how much local governments can raise your local property taxes, and frankly, working families are struggling enough with rising gas prices and the cost of living. Without a tax base and a shared burden, there is not enough money for basic services in many of our communities.

Morgan LaMantia

That’s why I support Morgan LaMantia, because she understands job creation —she’s done it. Her family business supports 1,200 jobs directly, and thousands more through the small businesses they support. Morgan knows what it takes to work the supply chain. She led the effort to cut costs while improving health care access and benefits for their employees. Moreover, Morgan helps lead the data and analytics department, working to ensure decisions are based on data and facts, not dreams and wishes.

Morgan has sat down with hundreds of working families and really listened. She knows the pain families feel at the pump with the rising price of gas, as well as the cost of filling up the grocery cart and paying for prescription drugs. What families are looking for are higher-paying jobs, lower costs, and shared responsibilities on paying for infrastructure. That’s why she supports Medicaid expansion, bringing billions of federal dollars to Texas, and using savings to invest in education. 

And that’s why Morgan supports the second causeway, because she is a job creator, she knows what it takes to fund quality of life improvements for working families with no new taxes.

South Texas cannot afford to elect a Senator with a lack of basic understanding of funding principals and who rejects economic growth and job creation. That is why I am urging every eligible voter to support Morgan LaMantia as the next voice of South Texas in the Texas Senate.

Editor’s Note: The above guest column was penned by state Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. The column appears in the Rio Grande Guardian with the permission of the author. Rep. Canales can be reached by email via: [email protected]

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