State Rep. Scott Sanford,​ who represents House District 70, was the featured speaker during last week’s Interurban Alley Luncheon.

Sanford spoke to a crowd of around 90 chamber members from the Melissa Area Chamber of Commerce​, Greater Anna Chamber of Commerce​, Van Alstyne Chamber of Commerce​ and Howe Area Chamber of Commerce​.

Sanford gave a recap of the 86th legislative session, including a breakdown of the 2020-2021 State Budget. The $250.7 billion budget’s top three expenditures are in health and human services, public education and transportation.

As of Spring 2018 only 43% of third grade Texas students meet grade level reading requirements, Sanford said of the future workforce, educators, politicians and business owners. Sanford also spoke about Gov. Greg Abbott’s 60/30 plan to increase that percentage to 60% by the year 2030.

A few of the laws addressed by the 86th legislative session were Senate Bill 2, which is the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act that automatically triggers a November election when taxes are raised above the voter approval rate. Sanford also talked about House Joint Resolution 38, which gives voters the power to ban a state income tax.

Interurban Alley Luncheons are held quarterly and are a joint venture of the Melissa, Anna, Van Alstyne and Howe chambers of commerce.