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05
Feb

Budget-writing process begins in Senate

AUSTIN — On Jan.
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03
Feb

BBB Alert: Scammers attack BBB!

Fri
30
Jan

Perry touches on pot policy in international forum

AUSTIN — January 20 was inauguration day for Gov. Greg Abbott, successor to Rick Perry, who completed a record-setting 14 years as governor. Abbott is the 48th governor of Texas. Abbott expressed gratitude to the people who elected him and promised to “promote policies that limit the growth of government, not the size of your dreams.” “Texas truly is the land ofopportunity, the place where anyone can achieve anything,”Abbott said. “But as great as  Texas is there’s more we must do: More for the families stuck in traffic. More for parched towns thirsty for water. More for parents who fear their child is falling behind in school. More for employers searching for skilled workers. More for our veterans who return broken from battle.”

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Fri
30
Jan

The campaigns that just will not end

When the election was over, many breathed a sigh of relief. It wasn’t necessarily because a particular candidate had won or lost, but rather that the partisan bickering had ended for a season. Also, it seemed possible that with Republicans in control of Congress and a lame-duck Democrat president the two sides might work together on middle-of-the-road legislation that would help middle- class Americans who have not yet seen much benefit out of an improved economy. Instead of an endless campaign and stalling on the big issues of the day, both parties have an opportunity to compromise and govern.

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Thu
22
Jan

We don’t need to pay more gas taxes

Some members of Congress — apparently intent on ensuring  that no positive developmentin American life goes unpunished — have had a surprising reaction to the steep decline in gas prices that has taken place in recent months: It’s time to make fueling your car more expensive.
 
Thu
22
Jan

Governor Perry ends tenure with final address to lawmakers

USTIN — Gov. Rick Perry delivered his farewell address to a joint session of the House and Senate on Jan.
Tue
20
Jan

Would your child’s car seat pass inspection?

Securing your children properly in age- and size-appropriate child safety seats — in the back seat of your vehicle — is the most effective thing you can do to protect them in the event of a crash. In fact, in motor vehicle crashes, child safety seats reduce the risk of fatal injury by 71 percent for infants and by 54 percent for toddlers.
Fri
16
Jan

Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

AUSTIN — Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 9 announced that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts. The Legislature convenes Jan. 13. Agencies or institutions of higher education, under the proposal, would have to meet new reporting requirements prior to awarding a contract or making a purchase worth more than $10 million, Straus said. Requirements also would apply to contracts and purchases worth more than $1 million and which do not go through a competitive bidding process, he added.

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Fri
16
Jan

The opponents of fracking, Keystone Pipeline hurt poor

Gas prices dropped to $1.55 a gallon Monday in parts of Colorado Springs, continuing a muchneeded and long-overdue break for average consumers. None benefit more than the working poor. Spending less than half as much on fuel as a year ago, they have more money for food, shelter, clothing and entertainment. It’s not the result of price controls, which proved in the 1970s to cause production shutdowns, gas lines and rationing. It’s not because President Barack Obama, the Democrats or Republicans waved a magic wand in an act of benevolence.

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Fri
09
Jan

New mix of lawmakers, officials heading for Austin

AUSTIN — When the 84th Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13 and oaths of office are administered, the political party split will be 21 Republicans to 10 Democrats in the 31-member Senate, and 98 Republicans to 52 Democrats in the 150-member House. The composition and leadership of committees, the flow of legislation through those committees and control of floor debate will be according to the wishes of new Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Houston and House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio. Straus is subject to reelection by his peers. He is expected to retain the rostrum and gavel for a fourth consecutive term, even if challenged by a subgroup within the Republican party.

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