Sunday on "The Jacki Daily Show," Jacki Daily welcomed the Texas Oil and Gas Association's Communications Director Kate Zaykowski to discuss the tremendous revenue generated by energy production in Texas.
Zaykowski reported that even though taxes paid by the energy industry have gone down from over $13 billion in 2014 to $9.4 billion in 2016, they contribute an average of $26 million a day to the state of Texas. "All of that money is used for roads and first responders," she said.
She and Jacki also calculated that taxes paid by the energy industry alone could fund the University of Texas Austin and Texas A&M for the next 100 years. Texas public schools in 2016 received $1.7 billion in utility property taxes, and the average Texas family received $1,300 in energy benefits.
Zaykowski also discussed the Coalition for Critical Infrastructure, a group of various industries pledged to help maintain the infrastructure of the 10th largest economy in the world: Texas.
Jacki asked the director about her participation in Texas Energy Day. The 450 people who attended visited with lawmakers, and got to have hands-on experience with technology the industry uses through interactive displays on the capital grounds. This event helped educate the public and lawmakers alike about new and efficient methods of increasing energy production and jobs in Texas.
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