Opinion

Tue
14
Apr

Letter to the Editor

Proposed Leverett water well The proposal pushed by Mayor Virdell and Aldermen Bryan Miiller and Todd Keller to construct the Leverett water well on Riley Mountain is a highly risky scheme. No firm cost estimate has been determined for the entire project. The mayor and two aldermen chose not to run for re-election and now, at the very end of their terms, are trying to jam this scheme through city council. Any decision regarding major cost for the taxpayers should be discussed and studied by the new mayor and council. the Leverett well as a private business venture, I doubt you would find many investors willing to put money into it including Aldermen Miiller and Keller.
 
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Tue
14
Apr

Senate passes bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney’s Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9. Sen. Joan Huffman, chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, wrote the legislation under which the Texas Rangers, a division of the Department of Public Safety, would reestablish and support the state’s Public Integrity Unit and assume the initial investigatory role when a complaint is filed against a public official. Cases would be prosecuted in the county where a public official resides. “After more than three decades of accepting this cultural norm, the public has lost confidence in this tacit scheme, and Texas needs a fair and explicit process to hold wrongdoers accountable,” Huffman said.
 
Tue
31
Mar

House, Senate continue with key task: adopt budget

The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) — the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
 
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Wed
18
Mar

Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

By Ed Sterling

Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week.

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Wed
11
Mar

Commissioners say no to revenue caps

By Erin Green

The Llano County Commissioners Court voiced its united opposition to legislation introduced in Austin which would put caps on the revenue brought in by property taxes. Llano County Judge Mary S. Cunningham said during the court’s meeting Monday, March 9, the bills before the Texas Legislature — Senate Bill 182 and House Bill 365 — would put limits on the amount of property tax brought in due to large increases in property values

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Wed
11
Mar

Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

By Ed Sterling

A trio of leading Texas senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt. Patrick, who presides over the 31- member Senate, Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound; Senate Business & Commerce Chair Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler; and Senate Finance Vice Chair Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, each delivered brief statements.

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Tue
03
Mar

A few needed things dentistry can do for all of us...

Dentists tend to be a particular sort. We spend our days awkwardly hunched over, working in a tiny dark space, on tiny problems that take precise, microscopically-accurate solutions to fix. During most visits, our patients are in pain or wishing they were somewhere else. Usually both. Between patient appointments or after clinical hours, dentists must also run their office, pay bills, change lightbulbs, fix computer problems and manage their team. Then, there’s the obligation to stay abreast of technology, techniques and materials that will make dentistry more comfortable, more affordable and more predictable for our patients.

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Tue
24
Feb

Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

by Ed Sterling
 
On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget. In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend, reduce, and eliminate unnecessary taxes and fees. Ensure government supports job creation and is accountable and transparent.”
 
Tue
10
Feb

Update on happenings at LHS

By David Wuest
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. I enjoyed spending time with family and friends. It’s hard to believe that the second semester  is already under way! Our students and teachers hit the ground running since January. As we move through the second semester, our teachers will continue their work on academic improvement for all students.
 
 
Tue
10
Feb

Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

Committee began groundwork for its budget-writing duties with public hearings on four consecutive days. Led by  Chairwoman Jane Nelson, RGrapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state pension funds, courts and payments on state debt. Currently, the budget is an estimated $4.5 billion for all of those “general government” functions and an increase of $200 million has been proposed for 2016-2017.
 

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