Columns/Opinions

Fri
10
Apr

House passes state budget after long debate

By Ed Sterling

After 17 hours of floor debate and hundreds of amendments considered, the Texas House of Representatives on April 1 passed House Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that appropriates $209.8 billion. The vote was 141 in favor to 5 against, with nay votes cast by Reps. David Simpson, R-Longview; Matt Schaefer, R-Tyler; freshman Matt Rinaldi, RIrving; freshman Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington; and freshman Molly White, RBelton.

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Fri
03
Apr

House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting 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.
 
Fri
03
Apr

For military personel it’s all cut and dry

The U.S. Military lives by a set of specific laws that apply to all members. This set of laws is called the Uniform Code of Military Justice and it is pretty cut and dry. As an officer, or enlisted you are taught these laws in boot camp, you live these
laws and for many, continue to live these laws long after your service is complete.
 
Fri
27
Mar

House passes human trafficking, border security bills

Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state’s border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week. They were the first major statewide legislation to be approved by the body since Jan. 13, the opening day of the 140-day session.   
 
Fri
27
Mar

Spring is in the air

The smell of fresh cut grass permeates the air. The sounds of mowers and children playing can be heard in the background. But, you can still hear the quiet gurgling of the new water fountain in the fish pond at Ruben Gomez Eastside Park.  
 
Fri
20
Mar

Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

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, agreedupon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week
 
Fri
20
Mar

Rail Safety is for everyone

The Hearne Chamber has purchased several new shovels for use at future groundbreakings. Hearne’s Ace Hardware was kind enough to paint them gold before delivering them to the chamber.
 
Fri
13
Mar

Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

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.
 
Fri
13
Mar

The changing face of Hearne A decade of progress

“There’s been more  growth in Hearne in the past ten years than I’ve seen in my lifetime,” commented a longtime Hearne resident. “We must be doing something right.” Consider these past decade additions: AMA’s, Holiday Inn Express, and St. Joseph Family Medicine welcome visitors to town.
 
Fri
06
Mar

Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

The Senate Transportation Committee on Feb. 25 tentatively approved two pieces of legislation that would take a portion
of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance.
 

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