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Rhetoric and the Increasing Texas Budget

Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Senator Tommy Williams has been plugging the “good conservative budget … we can all be proud of” that the Texas legislature passed and Governor Perry left largely intact. Senator Williams claims with this budget, “we are living within our means while funding our priorities.”

Is this really the case?   Read more »

at Jun 17, 2013 3:38 PM
       

Texas can Take Care of Texans! - We don't need your FEMA Dollars, Mr. President

Mr President, Texans can take care of TexansLike most of you, I was very disgusted to learn that last week Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Governor Perry’s request for emergency aid for the devastated town of West. We shouldn't have been surprised.  Look how he dragged his feet when Texas was in flames last summer. Unfortunately, we have found time and time again, it seems there is no low this president won’t sink to in order to make his desire for political retribution against the Lone Star State known.   Read more »

at Jun 17, 2013 11:35 AM
       

A Special Report: Thrown Away People

“If a piece of the building falls to the ground and breaks, they have insurance for that,” said a middle-aged man in a wheelchair in Houston. I sat in a small portable building behind a church, listening through an interpreter as the man, I’ll call him Miguel, told the story of how his spinal cord was injured when he fell on the job building homes along the Gulf Coast. “But, if I fall off a roof and I break, they don’t have insurance for me,” he said. I paused a moment before asking him any more questions, letting that sink in.

The Living Hope Wheelchair Association in Houston was founded to help men with these injuries

at Jun 16, 2013 4:10 PM
       

Is Texas Striving to Mimic California?

Among all of the tools governors have, the ability to veto bad bills is one of the most powerful. Usually this is wielded in a very limited way, and typically it is either to correct errors or unintended consequences not realized at the time of legislative passage of a bill, or at times a social issue will be at stake.     Read more »

at Jun 13, 2013 5:00 PM
       

Texas: Campus Carry Will NOT Be on Special Session Call

The following is a release by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:

While transportation, pro-life and juvenile justice issues have been added to the call for the current special session, the NRA has been informed that important Second Amendment issues such as campus carry will NOT be included. While Governor Rick Perry (R) has the authority to add subjects to the call, he does so with input from the Lieutenant Governor (who presides over the state Senate) and the Speaker of the House. Please express your dissatisfaction with the following officials:

Governor Rick Perry:

at Jun 12, 2013 6:54 PM
       

Rep. Allen Fletcher Re-Files Bill Prohibiting Sex-Selective Abortions

AUSTIN - In response to Governor Rick Perry adding the issue of abortion to the call of the special session today, Representative Allen Fletcher (Tomball/Cy-Fair) filed House Bill 55, prohibiting sex-selective abortions.

"It is not disputed that the horrifying practice of sex-selective abortion occurs in the world, most notably in countries where institutional and cultural biases encourage it," Rep. Fletcher said. "When I originally filed this legislation, some questioned whether this is actually an issue in Texas.

at Jun 12, 2013 3:26 PM
       

Governor Rick Perry adds big Pro-Life bills to Texas Special Session

The Texas regular legislative session ended less than a month ago. Unfortunately, all the big pro-life bills were killed by the leadership of Texas Speaker of the House Joe Straus. Joe Straus is not pro-life and has openly stated that abortion is not a serious issue and only a wedge issue. In fact, yesterday Joe Straus told the media that he had "no comment" when he learned about pro-life issues being added to the special session by Perry.

at Jun 12, 2013 9:27 AM
       

Signing of HB5 is Just a Beginning

I applaud the signing of House Bill 5 into law. This legislation will allow for multiple pathways to a high school diploma, increased opportunities for vocational education at the high school level, and the beginning of a return to local control of education.

While the passage of HB5 is just the beginning of a long overdue reform

at Jun 10, 2013 3:49 PM
       

Texas Legislature Passes Record Number of Pro-Gun Bills But Key Items Remain as “Unfinished Business”

The following notice was sent out by the NRA's Institute for Legislative Affairs:

The Texas Legislature adjourned its regular session on Memorial Day after passing fifteen pro-Second Amendment measures, and was immediately called back into special session by Governor Rick Perry to address the drawing of district lines in which federal and state lawmakers will run for re-election next year. The Governor can

at Jun 6, 2013 4:37 PM
       

The Regular Session of the 83rd Texas Legislature: The Good, the Bad, and the Neglected

With the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature finished, there are a number of decisions made by the current legislature that are positive steps forward for the future of our state. However, there were a number of failures on the legislative front; and important state issues were left unresolved.

On the positive side, most noteworthy was the long overdue recognition by our legislators that “one size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to educating our children. As Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, I pushed for greater cooperation among school districts, local community colleges and technical institutes such as Texas State Technical College (TSTC). I am pleased with Sen. Lucio’s bill to prevent high school dropouts through career and technical education

at May 31, 2013 8:28 AM
       

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