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Posted: Friday, July 12, 2002 12:00 am

By BRITTNEY BOOTH

The Brownsville Herald

Leaders from cities along the Rio Grande gathered in Brownsville Thursday to

strategize about how to educate state legislators of issues affecting South

Texas.

The Texas Border Infrastructure Coalition (TBIC) is a group of 15 cities and

economic development groups that lobbies the state government to fund border

projects. The group held its monthly meeting at the Brownsville Special Event

Center.

TBIC advocates that border cities receive a fair share of state funding for

education, health, workforce development, transportation and tax reform.

Formed in 1998, the group claims its lobbying efforts have resulted in more

than $1 billion for border transportation projects.

The whole idea is to create an awareness in Austin with our legislators that

the border is also part of Texas and that its not left behind like has it

been in the past, said TBIC 2003 ChairElect Blanca S. Vela, who is also the

mayor of Brownsville.

Vela presided over TBICs first meeting ever held in Brownsville Thursday. The

group discussed how to best package requests so that once the legislative

session begins in January, lawmakers will know precisely what TBIC wants.

The most important (thing) is to come to a meeting of the minds on how (to

present requests), said Browns-ville City Commissioner Dr. Joseph A.

Zavaletta, also a TBIC member. We need to present a concise agenda (to

legislators) so they can be prepared to answer and have plenty of time to

think about them.

Thats because a concise wish list will be the key to securing funds as the

state faces a $5 billion budget shortfall, said state Sen. Eddie Lucio

D-Brownsville and state Rep. Jim Solis D-San Benito.

TBIC means business and they have a strong presence in the state, Solis

said. Its working. Were not going to let down. We have made major strides

on the funding formulas.

He said Texas larger cities have traditionally secured more state funding

than border areas.

Solis, who chairs the states House Committee of Economic Development, said he

would recommend the formation of a subcommittee for border affairs in the

House. Lucio chairs the state senate subcommittee.

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