The City of Edinburg may soon start seeing significant improvements following a meeting with city officials and state legislators.
Mayor Richard Molina, “We’re also looking for infrastructure needs streets, roadways, lighting, parks. Anything where we can get some extra money, where we’re not eating up into our general fund budget, it helps tremendously.”
Molina says the city is also working towards getting funds for the UTRGV Medical School which would allow medical students to stay and serve the Valley. Officials are also pushing for a Level 1 Trauma Center at both South Texas Health System and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance.
“The money that the state has, allows our medical staff to be better trained and to be able to have money for research and that’s big for our region. You know if someone has a really bad illness sometimes, they’re forced to go to Houston because of the health care treatment is a notch above what we have down here, or in San Antonio. That’s what we’re looking for. We’re making sure that people don’t have to travel six hours or four hours to try to get the health care that they need or deserve.”
U.S. Customs and Border Protection representatives also traveled to the state capitol discussing Border Security issues. According to Molina, the Edinburg Police Department cannot patrol near the border. Adding residents can expect seeing more state troopers around the city, assisting Border Patrol agents to secure the border.
City officials are expected to visit Austin a second time next month to continue pushing legislative priorities.