From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
November 15, 1999
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-0113

Senator Ellis Tabbed for High Tech Post
Lieutenant Governor Perry Appoints Ellis to Advisory Council on Digital Economy

AUSTIN -- Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) today was tabbed by Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry for an assignment that may help shape Texas' economic success in the 21st Century.

Ellis was appointed to the Advisory Council on the Digital Economy. The council is made up of 21 Texans from the public and private sector, and will examine tax policy, education, Web privacy and access, and rural economic development to help encourage high tech growth and job creation in Texas.

"Technology and education is now the engine that drives the Texas economy," said Ellis. "In the 21st Century, microchips and hard drives are just as important to our future as energy and cattle. We must make the smart choices now to ensure that Texas continues to be the world leader in high tech well into the future.

Senator Ellis, who sponsored legislation creating the new TEXAS Grant program and $506 million in business, sales and Internet tax cuts, stressed that education and tax incentives for high tech will continue to be his focus.

"Education and incentives will keep the high tech boom from becoming a high tech bust," said Ellis. "We have to do more to help colleges and universities produce more graduates and continue to offer sensible tax incentives for technology industries or we'll lose these companies to other states that offer more."

The Advisory Council on the Digital Economy will examine a number of technology-related issues, including:

"I am honored that Lieutenant Governor Perry selected me for this council, said Ellis. "I look forward to tackling an agenda that will build a better future for Texas."