Columns/Opinions

Fri
12
Jun

Governor decides fates of bills passed by Legislature

Governor Greg Abbott has until June 21 to give bills recently passed by the Texas Legislature his final consideration before signing them, letting them take effect without his signature or vetoing them.
 
Fri
12
Jun

Past transportation projects

The remnants of a series of concrete locks are still visible in the Brazos River just north of where the FM485 Bridge crosses it. These were built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about 100 years ago, between 1910 and 1920.
 
Fri
05
Jun

The power of fur

By Dennis Phillips

It’s hard to imagine what humans are capable of doing to animals. You see the stories; they flood the Internet, mainstream
media and even within a community. In my years of doing this job I have had the unfortunate duty to report cases of animal cruelty.
 
Fri
05
Jun

Legislature passes budget as session wraps up

By Ed Sterling; TPA

Four days before the June 1 end of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature, both houses finally agreed after months of deliberation on a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. A 10-member conference committee worked
out differences between the House and Senate versions of the budget. The House vote on final adoption of House Bill 1 was 115 ayes to 33 nays; the Senate vote was 30-1. HB 1 awaits approval by Gov. Greg Abbott.
 
Fri
15
May

Hey, get off my flag!

By Dennis Phillips

My grandfather, father and I all fought for this country. As many American families; sacrifices have been made to protect this country and the flag that represents her. Sacrifices continue to be made every day to keep this country safe from foreign and domestic threats. However, hot on social media is something called “stomp the flag challenge” and it has a lot of Americans upset. Eric Sheppard, a member of the New Black Panther Party, started this protest. Sheppard disappeared from the Valdosta campus around May 1 and is being sought by the police on the gun charge. Sheppard reportedly “self-identifies” as a “terrorist against white people.” College officials cancelled classes and ordered all non-essential staffers off campus in later April due to concerns that Sheppard, who was deemed “armed and dangerous,” would appear on the grounds.

Fri
15
May

Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

By Ed Sterling

For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved. The five House and five Senate members of the Conference Committee on the budget, House Bill 1, have been working together since late April. They must angle their philosophical pathways to something mutually acceptable to take back to their respective chambers for consideration.

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Fri
08
May

House, Senate bills show disparate visions of tax relief

By Ed Sterling
 
Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how to bring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Speaker Joe Straus lauded the preliminary approval of House Bill 31, legislation to reduce the state sales tax from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent, resulting in a $2.66 billion revenue decrease, and House Bill 32, legislation cutting the franchise tax paid by many businesses by 25 percent and resulting in a statewide revenue decrease of $2.56 billion.
 

 

Fri
01
May

House, Senate state budget conferees roll up sleeves

With barely more than a month left in the regular session of the Texas Legislature, it’s time for the House and Senate to do
whatever can be done to reach an all-points agreement on House Bill 1, the state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017..
 
Fri
01
May

Is it a simple matter of civil unrest?

The United States has a history of civil unrest. In fact, this nation was formed by civil unrest. In the evening of Dec.16, 1773 founding father Samuel Adams along with the Sons of Liberty boarded three ships in the Boston Harbor and threw 342 chests of tea overboard. This act of civil unrest would spur the American Revolution.
 
Fri
24
Apr

Senate approves bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

Senate passes version of 2016-2017 state budget The Texas Senate on April 14 passed its version of the 2016-2017 state budget. Because the House- and Senate-approved budgets  are $1.6 billion apart, five Senate members and five House members will be appointed to a conference committee to resolve differences.
 

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