Longtime Texas Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, addressed the Sealy community during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon last week and provided an updates on Hurricane Harvey recovery and the “bathroom bill,” and honored local businesspeople.
The senator noted that the current legislative budget increased by just 0.2 percent.
“I said during the special session that we’re one hurricane away or one terrorist attack away from emptying our savings account called the economic stabilization fund,” Kolkhorst said. “I wish I wouldn’t have been correct because about three weeks later Harvey showed up on the Texas coast.”
Kolkhorst recalled placing a phone call to the mayor of Victoria on the Thursday morning before Harvey hit the Lone Star State.
“He said no problem, it’s a rain event,” she said. “I agreed. A few hours later we were on the phone again and he said, ‘Lois, this is very, very serious.’ I said, ‘I agree again.’”
She said she has toured the devastation across the 21 counties she represents.
“It is most people’s lives on the curb,” she said. “Senate District 18 took much of the brunt of Harvey but not all of it … It will go down as the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.”
The storm’s economic impact will be more than $200 billion, Kolkhorst added.
“We are going to look at everything we can to see what we can do better as a state,” she said, adding that President Donald Trump personally told her that he loves Texas “and the spirit of Texas, and we’re going to do all we can to help you.”
At the close of the meeting, Kolkhorst recognized Dr. Kannappan Krishnaswamy, The Sealy News, local first responders and the Austin County Fair.
The Republican senator, who served in the state House from 2001-2014, was elected to her current office in 2014.