Lawmakers start rolling out high-priority legislation

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“OPERATION GREEN GRASS”---Mayor Tommy Rainbolt, left, is shown making the first purchase to kickoff the Vidor Lions Club project of Operation Green Grass Saturday in Woods Shopping Center. Club President Joe Wingerson is shown accepting $1 from Mayor Rainbolt for a bag of rich, barnyard fertilizer, being sold by the Lions as a fund raising project to benefit the club’s sight conservation program and to assist in its crippled children’s work. The sale will continue through the month of March. Orders for five or more bags will be accepted and delivered to anyone calling RO 9-4946.

March 10, 1964

AUSTIN — With the filing of legislation that would give teachers an across-the-board pay increase, Texas lawmakers showed progress toward solving the complex issues of school finance and property tax reform.

Senate Bill 3, passed March 4 by the full Senate on a voice vote, would entitle each classroom teacher and full-time librarian to a state-financed $5,000 increase above their 2018-2019 school year salary. The bill would not stop school districts from providing merit-based raises to teachers in addition to the state’s $5,000 increase. Authored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, SB 3, if approved by the House, would make the raise effective for the school year beginning in the fall. Nelson said it would cost $4 billion to give the state’s estimated 350,000 teachers the raise, and that funds to cover the pay hike will be in the state budget.

 

 

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