Harris County Commissioner Jack Morman was the featured speaker at Wednesday’s membership meeting of the Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership. He was introduced by BAHEP Chair Robert Ellis.
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Morman said he has been impressed with the work of BAHEP in support of issues impacting Precinct Two, including the human spaceflight program.
“I think probably the most challenging issue is the NASA budget proposal for 2012,” Morman said. “I am pleased to know that BAHEP will continue to press the federal government officials to get funding in line with the NASA Authorization Bill.”
Morman said he supports BAHEP’s efforts to have a retired Space Shuttle assigned to Johnson Space Center.
“BAHEP has fought the good fight and the battle is not over and I salute the entire membership for its gallant efforts in this regard,” he said.
Morman said a major challenge for his precinct, as well as the entire county, is the budget.
“I was shocked when I walked into my office on Day One and we were told we’ve got a new library in Seabrook but we’ve got no furniture and no computers,” he said. “My first thought was, ‘Wow, this is my predecessor’s idea of zero-based budgeting – spend it all and leave zero for the next administration’.”
He said he worked with Seabrook Mayor Gary Renola to resolve the issues and the library will open later this year with furniture and computers.
He reviewed county road projects in Bay Area Houston, promising to work with the elected officials in the area to prioritize funds within the budget.
“This new budget forced us to eliminate dozens of jobs throughout the precinct,” he said, noting that the cuts were county-wide. “These cuts are not based simply on a philosophy of limited government spending, but more so on the reality of limited government revenue. You simply can’t spend the money that you don’t have.”
The BAHEP meeting was at Lakewood Yacht Club.