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Thu
03
Jan

Workforce commission reports continuation of employment trend

By ED STERLING

 

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 3.7 percent in November, remaining at the same 42-year low rate as in October, the Texas Workforce Commission reported Dec. 21.

The Texas economy added 14,000 seasonally adjusted non-farm jobs in November and annual employment growth was 3.0 percent for the month, marking 103 consecutive months of annual growth, according to the commission.

“The addition of 365,400 jobs over the year and 14,000 jobs in November demonstrates the consistency with which employers in our state create job opportunities for the highly skilled Texas workforce,” said TWC Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “The Texas economy offers employers access to a competitive workforce and provides job seekers with career options in a variety of growing Texas industries. The numbers are a testament to the resilience of our Texas employers and the diversity of our Texas economy,” she added.

 

Thu
03
Jan

The hands of our time

By BREYANA SEGURA

 

ANDOM RAMBLINGS

As she sat there quietly, she reached over and lightly scratched the tiny leg of her granddaughter.

I had seen those hands all my life, but that morning they looked different to me. Her fingernails were still painted some eccentric color and long, of course. But for some reason I saw those hands in a different light.

They were the same hands that met my mouth when I was a teenager and had some snarky comment. The same hands that came across my bottom when I ignored the several warnings to stop. The hands that had molded me into the woman I am today.

 

 

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Thu
27
Dec

Whitley succeeds Pablos as Texas Secretary of State

By Ed Sterling

 

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

 

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 17 announced the appointment of David Whitley as Texas’ 112th secretary of state.

 

In his new role, Whitley will act as Texas’ chief elections officer, as protocol officer for state and international affairs, and will serve as liaison for the governor on Mexico and border affairs. Whitley’s appointment fills the vacancy left by outgoing Secretary of State Rolando Pablos, who served in the post for two years.

 

Thu
27
Dec

Play it safe when choosing toys this season

NEWS FROM THE BBB

 

The Better Business Bureau, serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin, reports that it wants families to be safe when shopping for toys this holiday season.

 

Selecting the right toy can be a challenge and although they are intended for fun, they can pose hazards if not handled by an age-appropriate user, according to the Bureau.

 

A recent report released by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC) estimates there were 265,000 toy-related injuries treated in US hospital emergency rooms in 2012. Of those injured, approximately 72 percent were children younger than 15 years of age.

 

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Thu
20
Dec

Texas’ top lawyer cheers court ruling against Obamacare

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton applauded a Dec. 14 Fort Worth federal district court decision declaring unconstitutional the U.S. Affordable Care Act, widely known as “Obamacare.”

Ten months ago, Paxton and Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel led a 20-state coalition lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the 2010 health care law, arguing that Congress rendered all of Obamacare unconstitutional by doing away with the tax penalty in Obamacare’s individual mandate when it enacted President Donald Trump’s tax overhaul.

 

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Thu
20
Dec

The Spirit of the Season

HURD ON THE HILL

There is a spirit of joy and giving in the air this time of year that goes unmatched, no matter the occasion celebrated. From getting together with family and loved ones to giving back to those in need, the holidays bring out the best in each of us and our nation as a whole. As this season continues, I encourage everyone to take time to reflect on this spirit of the season and carry a perspective of kindness, civility and cooperation into the New Year.

Thu
13
Dec

Texas, nation mourn death of former president

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 3 proclaimed Dec. 5 as an official day of mourning across the Lone Star State in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who died in Houston on Nov. 30.

In the proclamation, Abbott encouraged Texans to “gather, assemble and pay their respects to the memory of George Herbert Walker Bush through ceremonies in homes, businesses, public buildings, schools, places of worship or other appropriate places for public expression of grief and remembrance.”

The proclamation also allowed state employees to attend such observances. State agencies, offices and departments were closed on that day, with general government operations and services maintained by reduced-size work crews.

Thu
13
Dec

Remembering President Bush’s legacy

CONGRESSIONAL REPORT

Recently, I attended the Inauguration Ceremony of new Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City. I also provided district media and members of the community with updates on current topics including trade, border security and appropriations impacting the district. In the district, my staff attended several events, including the Fifth Annual Lamar Bruni Vergara Trust IMPACT Economic Development Forum and presented several Congressional Certificates of Recognition to different outstanding constituents throughout the district. This week, we remember President George H.W. Bush and the incredible legacy that he leaves behind. His unyielding leadership, commitment and servitude to his family and to our country will be matched by none. My heartfelt condolences go to the Bush family during this difficult time. As always, please contact one of my offices if you need assistance with any federal agency.

 

Thu
06
Dec

Former President George H.W. Bush dies Nov. 30

CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 1 issued the following statement on the Nov. 30 death of George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st president of the United States:

“The state of Texas mourns with the nation at the passing of one of our greatest presidents. George H.W. Bush was an American hero and icon, he was a friend to all he met, he embodied class and dignity. Texans are genuinely honored that he called the Lone Star State home and we collectively grieve this monumental loss. On behalf of Texas, Cecilia and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the Bush family in their time of need.”

 

 

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Thu
06
Dec

Supporting our Military Families

HURD ON THE HILL

When South and West Texas come to mind, folks might think of mouthwatering breakfast tacos, breathtaking sunsets and a good worn-in pair of cowboy boots. And they’re not wrong. However, what is also synonymous with the 23rd District of Texas is the presence of our military bases. With Fort Bliss to the West, Joint Base San Antonio to the East and Laughlin Air Force Base in between, our congressional district has a uniquely special relationship with our servicemembers, veterans and their families. It is a continuous source of pride to represent in Congress over 4,600 active-duty military and 45,000 military veterans across 29 counties and two time zones of TX-23.

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