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Will Texas' new Education Standards Bring a Wave of Talent for Texas Businesses?

During the 2013 Texas legislative session, a major education reform was passed to help broaden the educational opportunities of students to be able to compete not only in colleges but in the workplace as well.The bill set forward different diploma standards and reduced the number of end-of-course exams.   Read more »

at Feb 13, 2014 9:56 AM
       

Texas House to Study What More Should be Done on Worker Misclassification

Now that the state is moving forward with a targeted crackdown on the practice of worker misclassification, which some in the construction industry have called “a cancer,” lawmakers are going to work through the summer to figure out what more they can do when they reconvene in a regular session in 2015.

As you may recall, the Texas Legislature in 2013 passed a bill to root out misclassification on public works projects. While many see that as a step in the right direction, it doesn't go nearly far enough to address the problem.

at Feb 12, 2014 11:53 AM
       

Will Texas Republican Legislators Finally Get Serious About Worker Misclassification?

For the past several years, the Republican-led Texas Legislature has failed to make significant progress in stopping the abuses of workers through unethical employment practices. Many businesses, particularly in the construction industry, carry on a practice of classifying workers as independent contractors when they are truly employees, according to existing law.

Lawmakers have attempted to bring bills to the floor to stop the practice of companies that cheat workers and taxpayers and game the system to obtain an unfair competitive business advantage over companies who follow the law. These bills have repeatedly died in various committees because of pressure from a relatively few, but very powerful, home builders who make millions by cheating.   Read more »

at Feb 6, 2014 12:43 PM
       

Targeted Worker Misclassification Law Takes Effect in Texas

stop employee misclassificationConstruction companies across Texas that work on public projects are on notice now that the targeted worker misclassification crackdown passed by the legislature in 2013 has taken effect.

HB 2015 “Worker Classification” was signed into law on June 14, 2013 and became effective on January 1, 2014.  This law is considered by many to be a good first step in the fight against the problem that is especially

at Jan 15, 2014 12:10 PM
       

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Sets Goal to Make Texas #1 in Education - Exclusive Video Interview

Greg Abbott at HRBC meetingWhen our leaders set lofty goals it creates a pathway to achievement. Over fifty-two years ago, President Kennedy set a goal for our nation of sending a man to the moon and returning him home safely by the end of that decade. People united behind that goal, including a large community of Texans at the NASA Manned Space Flight Center in Houston. By the goal deadline (the end of that decade) four American men had walked on the moon and returned safely home.

Last week in Houston, Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Abbott set another "audacious" goal for Texans to achieve.

at Dec 12, 2013 2:02 PM
       

Richard Morgan: Why I voted against Prop 6

Without question, Prop 6 is the most controversial of this year's constitutional amendments. It seems that the Republican base is split down the middle, and people I respect are on both sides of the issue. According to the Texas Tribune, not a single Republican or Democrat statewide candidate opposes Prop 6, yet Empower Texans, Texas Public Policy Foundation, and a number of Republican legislators known for fiscal responsibility fought it during the session. After doing some research, I agree strongly agree with the second camp.   Read more »

at Nov 5, 2013 5:49 PM
       

Smart Meters FORCED onto Texans by Ken Paxton and Dan Branch – TRUTH REVEALED – Votes Don’t Lie

see updated article with more information here: 

Ken Paxton Supporters Revert to Name Calling When Shown Paxton’s Vote to Mandate Smart Meter Fee for ALL Texans

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Fact: Texas Attorney General Candidates Ken Paxton and Dan Branch voted in 2005 to FORCE Texans to get a Smart Meter and FORCED Texans to pay for them. The laws they voted to approve reveal the shocking truth that even they cannot deny. They passed laws that specifically forced the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) to implement Smart Meters and to create a fee for Texans to pay for them. Texas Attorney General Candidate Barry Smitherman is the only candidate in the race who has listened to the outcry from conservatives and in response, has teamed up with conservatives in the Texas Legislature, like State Rep. David Simpson, to try to amend the law and make Smart Meters optional instead of mandatory.   Read more »

at Oct 28, 2013 11:40 AM
       

Texas Propositions! What to do?

It's time again to see if we agree with what special interests have pushed through the Texas legislature. Just because the proposed Constitutional amendments passed the legislature is not a reason to automatically vote “yes”. An important Texas Constitutional check is that of the people having to approve Texas Constitutional amendments. Without getting into a huge amount of details, below are my recommendations for the Texas Propositions (YES on 1-2, 4-5, 9, and NO on 3, 6-7-8). At the bottom of this is a meta-list that contains recommendations from an assortment of conservative groups and individuals.

at Oct 27, 2013 5:14 PM
       

Barry Smitherman Missed ZERO Votes out of 21,000 in 9 Years – Texas Attorney General Race Update

I recently wrote an article revealing that Texas Attorney General Candidates Ken Paxton and Dan Branch missed several hundred votes each in their past 6 sessions in the Texas Legislature. Missing hundreds of votes is inexcusable considering these votes shape State law and they have a huge impact on the people the laws apply to. I contended that this shows a lack of the commitment and leadership that is needed to be the next Texas Attorney General. I suggested that Conservative Republican Barry Smitherman is the real deal leader that Texas needs as Attorney General because he has proven himself to be a committed, effective, passionate conservative Republican.   Read more »

at Oct 14, 2013 9:38 AM
       

Paxton and Branch Missed Hundreds of Votes in Legislature – Texas Needs a Full Time Attorney General

Texas deserves a full-time, dedicated Attorney General who shows up to work everyday. Candidates Ken Paxton and Dan Branch have missed SEVERAL HUNDRED votes each during their 6 sessions in the Texas Legislature. That shows a severe lack of the leadership that is required to run the Office of the Attorney General, the second largest state agency in Texas.   Read more »

at Oct 7, 2013 11:44 AM
       

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