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Thu
23
Jul

Environmentally responsible regulation benefits all Texans

By Christi Craddick
Texas Railroad Commissioner What’s in a name? When it comes to the Railroad Commission of Texas, the name says little about what this important state agency does on a day-to-day basis. With 125 years of history, the Commission was established to oversee the regulation of railroads. Today, it is recognized as a worldwide leader in the regulation of oil and gas.   

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Thu
23
Jul

Governor’s order enhances readiness on military basis

BY ED STERLING

Gov. Greg Abbott on July 18 authorized Adjutant General John Nichols of the Texas National Guard to arm personnel at military facilities across Texas. Abbott’s action comes following the July 16 shooting on two military facilities in Chattanooga, Tenn., that resulted in the deaths of four US Marines and one US Navy sailor. A suspect was killed at the scene. An investigation is in progress. “It is with a heavy heart that I issue this order,” Abbott said. “After the recent shooting in Chattanooga, it has become clear that our military personnel must have the ability to defend themselves against these type of attacks on our own soil.   

Thu
16
Jul

A seat by the window

Those summers seemed to last forever.  I know it’s a line from BryanAdams, but there’s a lot to be said for  ime seeming to slow down when the long summer holidays began for us as children. When we were finally let out of school   in my case mid-July, because that’swhen English boarding schools release their imps to the world - the two months that lay ahead of us were so much more than sixty days of nothingness. There were strawberries to eat, bicycles to ride,hills to roll down, friends to visit, forts to build, road trips to take and long Sunday mornings to spend doing very little indeed   
 
Thu
16
Jul

Comptroller says state will not borrow to meet budget

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on July 7 announced his decision notto go the usual route to insure that Texas meets its budgetary obligations. The state’s chief financial officer explained that every year for the past three decades the  tate has issued a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note to deal with “periodic mismatches”between revenues and expenditures during the fiscal year and “anticipated mismatches” that result from the state’s providing nearly  50 percent of its payments to local school  istricts in the first three months of the fiscal year. According to the Office of the Comptroller, the state will not issue a Tax Revenue Anticipation Note for fiscal 2016 “as a result of strong fund balances, sound fiscal management and conservative budgeting.” And, Texas will fully repay its current  ax Revenue Anticipation Note ($5.4 billion borrowed last year to bridge budget gaps) on Aug. 31, the last day of the current fiscal year.
Thu
09
Jul

High court puts Texas abortion law on hold

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote on June 29, granted a stay preventing  evisions to the state abortion law made by the Texas Legislature in 2013 from taking effect on July 1.  
 
Thu
02
Jul

If the lettuce is missing

MARC
ROBERTSON
Customer service, it must be said, is the thing that fills the gap between the expectations of someone who’s just walked into a business and the work undertaken by the people who are employed behind the counter. You could argue that it is the counter itself that represents the place where customer service exists. Without customer service, the counter is a dark and unsettling no-man’s land along whose opposing boundaries stand the people who want something and the people who have something.
 
Thu
02
Jul

Officials react to decision on federal health care law

ED
STERLING
Pursuant to a 6-3 decision by the United States Supreme Court on June 25, health insurance policies will stay on course for Texans who secured coverage through a federally facilitated exchange under the US Affordable Care Act. The high court, in ruling against the plaintiffs in the case King v. Burwell, upheld the constitutionality of a federal tax credit that pays a portion of the cost of a policy.
 
Thu
25
Jun

“Peaceful life as you Governor makes final decision wish to live it”

I have had the pleasure of attending the State of Texas and International City Managers Association inPlano as well as the Texas Rural Challenge meeting in Waco this past week. During both of these conferences the main theme going forth as far as Economic Development is concerned is that first and foremost, we must acknowledge and appreciate what we as cities currently have as far as facilities doing business in our community. As I heard this theme I recalled an old consultant friend of mine who advised me, “Never try to reach out for the new while forgetting who you came to the dance with.”

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Thu
25
Jun

Governor makes final decision

ED
STERLING
Governor Greg Abbott on June 20 completed the task of reviewing all bills that were passed by the Texas Legislature. He had until midnight on June 21 to get the job done. Of the 6,276 bills filed by the House and Senate during the Legislature’s 84th regular session that ended June 1, some 1,323 were passed by both bodies and therefore earned a trip to the governor’s office for final scrutiny. Of those bills, Abbott signed 1,202 into law, let 162 become law without his signature and vetoed 41.
 

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