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Thu
24
Sep

Why government projects so often come in over-budget

It is no secret that government is inherently inefficient at providing various goods and services. From time to time, we hear about the $640 toilet seats, $7,600 coffee makers, government employees playing golf or watching porn on the taxpayer’s dime and so forth. A new study from the libertarian Cato Institute offers a good analysis of the history and causes of federal government project cost overruns.

 

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Thu
17
Sep

Neighbors agree to work on trade, energy projects

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott traveled to Mexico last week to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto and other officials in Mexico City. On Sept. 8, the governor’s office announced an agreement between the Texas Department of Transportation and the Ministry of Communications and Transportation of the United Mexican States “to promote and increase bilateral collaboration on future border infrastructure projects.”

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Thu
17
Sep

Wasteful, intrusive tax-funded research

In this edition of “Your Tax Dollars at Work,” we highlight some of the latest examples of the federal government’s fine stewardship of the public purse with regard to government research grants. The National Institutes of Health has spent nearly $2.7 million since 2011 on an “innovative intervention” to help truckers lose weight by giving them motivational phone calls while they are on the road and having them record their weight and behavior on a weekly basis. The 29 drivers who participated in the pilot study were eligible for free health screenings, hourly pay and “lottery prizes.” 

 

Thu
10
Sep

Abbott orders flags to half-staff to honor slain officer

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas flags across the state be lowered to half-staff in honor of slain Harris County Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth on Sept. 4. Abbott also asked that law enforcement officers turn on their patrol vehicles’ red and blue flashing lights for one minute at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 4, the start time for Deputy Goforth’s funeral.

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Thu
10
Sep

White House out to block Iran deal vote

The Senate this past May approved the Iran Nuclear Agreement Act, 98-1. The measure required President Obama to submit the final agreement to Congress for its approval or disapproval. Senate Democrats now are backing away from the legislation for which they voted a mere three months ago.

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Thu
03
Sep

Flophouse fire Texas’ deadliest hotel blaze

By Bartee Haile
 
Minutes after midnight on Sep. 7, 1943, a fire broke out in a fleabag hotel a couple of blocks  from the bus station in downtown Houston. The Gulf Hotel was a residence of last resort for the old, the infirm and the able-bodied who had come to Houston to look for work during the Second World War.
 
Thu
03
Sep

Attorney General Paxton pleads not guilty to charges

By Ed Sterling
 
AUSTIN — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Aug. 27 entered a plea of not guilty on felony charges of securities fraud at his arraignment in Fort  Worth. Tarrant County 396th State District Court Judge George Gallagher gave Paxton until Sept. 30 to answer to the charges.
 
Tue
01
Sep

Unity celebrates annual World Day of Prayer

Thousands of people will join Silent Unity®—a global, transdenominational 24/7 prayer ministry and Unity churches and centers around the world on September 10, 2015, for the 22nd annual Unity World Day of Prayer. The theme of the 24-hour prayer event is “Pray Up Your Life, Pray Up the World.” This year’s affirmation is “As I pray, I connect my highest thoughts with my deepest faith.”

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Thu
27
Aug

Donald Trump shakes up politics

Love him or hate him, Trump stirs up interest Right now, this op-ed space — cartoons and columnists —could be filled every day with a   single subject — Donald Trump.Don’t worry, it’s not about to  happen as every effort is made  to present varied commentary, philosophically and subjectwise. However, every pundit, political and otherwise, seems to have an opinion on the real estate tycoon and reality TV star who at this moment is leading the race for the Republican presidential nomination. 

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Thu
27
Aug

Energy agency chief rails against federal plan

AUSTIN — Texas Railroad Commission Chair DavidPorter on Aug. 19 spoke against  merica’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out  by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition. Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security,  kill jobs and put even more stress on our national and state economies.” Porter was elected chair of the three-member commission that oversees the energy industry regulating state agency in June 2014.  

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