March 3 — Recent stories highlighting the funding struggles of the Texas Railroad Commission should serve as further notice to the public and the members of the Texas Legislature that we face a critical choice this legislative session about the priorities of our state government and whether our actions will match our rhetoric when it comes to safety, oversight and accountability. As the Railroad Commission undergoes the Sunset review process — a process that began in 2010 — it is clear that the agency is understaffed and underfunded.
Is a policy analyst for TCAP, a coalition of cities and other political subdivisions that purchase electricity in the deregulated market for their own governmental use. Because high energy costs can impact municipal budgets and the ability to fund essential services, TCAP, as part of its mission, actively promotes affordable energy policies. High energy prices also place a burden on local businesses and home consumers.