Opinion

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.
 
Tue
03
Feb

Budget-writing process begins in Senate committee

On Jan. 28, the main work of the Texas Legislature started when the state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee met at the capitol. Financial figures for the committee to use as a guide come from the 10-member Legislative Budget Board, a permanent joint committee of the  fiscal analyses for proposed legislation and conducts evaluations and reviews to improve the efficiency and performance of state and local operations.
 
Tue
27
Jan

Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick take office

January 20 was inauguration day for Gov. Greg Abbott, successor to Rick Perry, who completed a recordsetting 14 years as governor. Abbott is the 48th governor of Texas. Abbott expressed gratitude to the people who elected him and promised
to “promote policies that limit the growth of government, not the size of your dreams.”To view more please log in or
 
Tue
20
Jan

What do people learn at professional conventions?

by Willis Webb
 
“There are all kinds of conventions and everyone who attends one has stories to tell. We’ve all heard or read about conventions that are wild and woolly, some that are sedate and those of each kind that are filled with uplifting and informative programs. In my three-quarters of a century of living, I’ve been to some of both kinds. Probably the “wildest and woolliest” meetings were a couple of regional Jaycee conflabs. Originally, Jaycees were known as the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees for short) with membership restricted to young men ages 18-35. Ultimately, there was a name change to the short “nickname.”
 
Tue
20
Jan

Perry gives parting speech as legislative session begins

by Ed Sterling
 
Governor Rick Perry addressed a joint session of the House and Senate for the last time on Jan. 15, a couple of days after the opening of the 140- day regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature. Before recounting various aspects of the state’s performance during his record-breaking tenure as chief executive, Perry said, “I have come here to reflect on what we have done together, and to say farewell. But most of all, to tell you it has been the highest of honors to serve as your governor for the last 14 years.”
Tue
13
Jan

Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

By Ed Sterling
 
Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus announced on Jan. 9 that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts. The Legislature convenes today, Jan. 13.

 

Tue
06
Jan

New mix of lawmakers, officials heading for Austin

by Ed Sterling

When the 84th Texas Legislature convenes on Jan. 13 and oaths of office are administered, the political party split will be 21 Republicans to 10 Democrats in the 31-member Senate, and 98 Republicans to 52 Democrats in the 150-member House. The composition and leadership of committees, the flow of legislation through those committees and control of floor debate will be according to the wishes of new Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick of Houston and House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio. Straus is subject to reelection by his peers. He is expected to retain the rostrum and gavel for a fourth consecutive term, even if challenged by a subgroup within the Republican party.

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Wed
31
Dec

Texas notches big year for job creation

By Ed Sterling
 
2014 has been a banner year for job creation in Texas, according to government assessments. Drawing on figures calculated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas Workforce Commission on Dec. 19 reported employers added 34,800 seasonally adjusted total nonfarm jobs in November, for a total of 441,200 jobs added since last year.

 

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