San Marcos Chamber legislative luncheon

Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels, Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs, and Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith spoke at the 2015 Legislative Luncheon hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce on July 30. Brett Thorne

Local legislators said the state is better off after the 84th Texas legislative session, which ended June 1, although it may depend on one’s point of view, they said.

At the 2015 Legislative Luncheon hosted by the San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce on July 30, Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs; Sen. Donna Campbell, R-New Braunfels; and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, each of whom represents portions of Hays County, gave their takes on the session.

Evan Smith, CEO of the nonprofit news outlet the Texas Tribune, moderated the event. Smith opened up by asking each legislator if Texans were better off now than before the session started.

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The city of Kyle received a boost from a state water agency July 23 when it was announced among a first wave of recipients of financial assistance for water projects.

The Texas Water Development Board approved a $12.5 million loan to the Hays Caldwell Public Utility Agency, a coalition of entities along the I-35 corridor, that will receive its future water supply from the Carrizo-Wilcox Aquifer in Caldwell County.

The loan is one of 21 financial assistance programs awarded to state entities as part of the inaugural round of loans from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas, or SWIFT.

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