- Published: 19 June 2015
Twice a year, I have the honor of taking dozens of young African American men and women from our communities on a bus tour where they visit historic black colleges and historic places. I’ve done this for the past several years because I know how important it is for the youth to see what’s out there for them if they continue to do well in school and stay out of trouble. I also do it because I know once they see the past of their history; they will be motivated to excel in their future.
No, state tax dollars are not used.
In fact, I am diligent about maintaining an efficient public office. Efforts to streamline savings and run an efficient state Senate office have resulted in more than $90,000 being returned to the state treasury since 2008.
Unfortunately, I’ve become accustomed to the media ignoring my outreach efforts in the community. And efficient office operations aren’t going to get a camera crew across the river for a sweeps week story.
But I don’t arrange these trips or look for office savings expecting media coverage. I do it because it’s the right thing to do. I do it because it’s important for the future of our communities. I do it because I take this job seriously and know I am responsible to the people of this district I have the honor to represent.