This past Thursday marked the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown. The Battle of Yorktown stands as an important chapter in the annals of history, a timeless tribute to the indomitable spirit of those who yearned for freedom and dared to seize it. On that fateful battleground in 1781, a diverse coalition of American and French forces converged to defeat the British forces controlled by General Lord Cornwallis. As the siege of Yorktown unfolded, a collective resolve to cast off the yoke of tyranny illuminated the path to a brighter future. General George Washington’s strategic brilliance and the unity of purpose among the soldiers exemplified unwavering courage and determination. In the end, their relentless pursuit of freedom prevailed, altering the course of history. The Battle of Yorktown remains a beacon of hope, reminding us that the pursuit of liberty is a powerful force, capable of reshaping the destiny of nations. We commemorate this historic battle, honoring those who gave the last full measure of devotion for the ideals of democracy and independence, and we draw inspiration from their enduring legacy.
With that, here’s this week’s Capitol Update. . .
This week we’ll dive into our last proposition as we close out our weekly examination of propositions that will be on the ballot as early voting starts this week. As a reminder, Election Day for the upcoming election is on November 7. Early voting for the constitutional amendment election begins October 23 and ends on Nov. 3.
Proposition 14 would establish the Texas Centennial Park Fund. This fund would provide $1 billion for the creation and improvement of our state parks. As we mark 100 years of our state park system this year, this fund would provide Texas Parks and Wildlife with funding to acquire future park land from willing sellers while improving the facility infrastructure across our 89 existing state parks. By increasing access to state parks, Proposition 14 would help to ensure all Texans can enjoy the benefits of safe, well-maintained outdoor spaces that bring communities together, support children’s development, and provide residents with places to explore and experience nature. This significant one-time investment in the parks system would generate additional jobs and tax revenue for the state and its localities. To find parks in your area, please visit https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/parks-map.
The mobile office is on the road again and our District Director will look forward to seeing you on the following dates in the following locations: November 1 at San Augustine County Courthouse from 9:00 – 11:00 am; November 8 at the Polk County Commissioner’s Courtroom in Livingston from 9:00 – 11 am, or the Tyler County Commissioner’s Courtroom in Woodville from 1:30 – 3:30 pm; November 15 at the Houston County Commissioner’s Courtroom in Crocket from 9:00 – 11 am, or at the Trinity County Commissioner’s Courtroom in Groveton from 1:30 – 3:30 pm.
As always, please do not hesitate to contact my office if we can help you in any way. My district office may be reached at (936) 634-2762 and our Capitol office at (512) 463-0508. Additionally, I welcome you to follow along on my Official Facebook Page, where I will post regular updates on what’s happening in your State Capitol and share information that could be useful to you and your family: https://www.facebook.com/RepTrentAshby/.