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An immigration showdown in Cowtown

Sen. Patrick hedges his bets while the rejection of gay Republicans raises questions about exclusion of immigration hardliners.

The Republican Party of Texas’ faithful will gather in Fort Worth this week following one of the uglier primary seasons that many veteran political observers have witnessed. Their leadership will look not only to show

at Jun 4, 2014 10:22 AM
       

Texas House Hearing Could Signal Big Changes Ahead for Misclassification and Workers’ Comp

In a marathon hearing held by Texas lawmakers on the issues of workers’ comp and worker misclassification, representatives from businesses and labor came together to talk about what could be done to level the playing field for ethical companies and improve the lives of middle class Texans.

at Apr 30, 2014 1:11 PM
       

Gordy Bunch Vows to Fix Insolvent Texas Windstorm Insurance Association

As a resident of southeast Texas, I know the devastating effect that hurricanes have on the great state of Texas. According to the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA), this association was created by the Texas Legislature in 1971 to provide windstorm and hail coverage to those who are unable to obtain insurance from the voluntary insurance market.   Read more »

at Apr 28, 2014 5:43 PM
       

Misclassification Hearing is Set in the Texas House

A Texas House Committee has set a hearing on the issue of worker misclassification and what more the state may need to do to combat the problem that is particularly rampant in the construction industry.

The House Business and Industry Committee will take testimony on the implementation of a limited crackdown that was signed into law by Gov. Rick Perry last year. The hearing is slated for Tuesday, April 22 at the state capitol.

Here is the official announcement, which says the panel of lawmakers will be looking into

at Apr 10, 2014 10:33 AM
       

Fight Over Education Reforms in Texas to Start Anew

While some believe education reforms passed by the Texas Legislature last year offer the right alternatives for students who may want to go to college or immediately enter a career, there are others who will push to make changes as soon as possible. They'll get their chance over the next few weeks.

at Mar 20, 2014 8:55 AM
       

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
       

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