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Job-Luring Funds Go Under the Microscope at the Texas Capitol

The special Texas House committee appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to scrutinize Gov. Perry’s job-luring pots of money – chiefly the Texas Enterprise Fund – got down to work last Wednesday. In its first hearing, the House Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives listened to expert witnesses for and against the incentives that were called everything from “interstate job piracy” to essential “tools in the toolbox” for continuation of the state’s dynamic economic growth.

Chair of the committee, Rep. Angie Chen Button, R-Richardson, stressed that while Texas has been a dominant

at Jul 28, 2014 9:39 AM
       

Joe Straus Creates Committee To Review Texas Economic Development Projects

On Friday, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus created the Select Committee on Economic Development Incentives, which will assess the economic benefit provided by state and local incentive programs and make recommendations to make those programs more effective and efficient. I was appointed to the thirteen member committee. As a member of the Texas Legislature, I have been an active voice for fiscal conservatism, streamlining government, reducing burdensome overregulation and driving economic development that spurs the economy and creates jobs in Texas.   Read more »

at Jun 24, 2014 3:18 PM
       

Texas House Hearing Could Signal Big Changes Ahead for Misclassification and Workers’ Comp

In a marathon hearing held by Texas lawmakers on the issues of workers’ comp and worker misclassification, representatives from businesses and labor came together to talk about what could be done to level the playing field for ethical companies and improve the lives of middle class Texans.

at Apr 30, 2014 1:11 PM
       

Workers' comp hearings underway in Texas House

The following article originally appeared on The Quorum Report and was republished with permission.

The Texas House Business and Industry Committee on Tuesday got down to work on an extensive review of whether workers’ comp insurance should continue to be voluntary. Texas, as you may know, is the only

at Apr 25, 2014 9:50 AM
       

Signing of HB5 is Just a Beginning

I applaud the signing of House Bill 5 into law. This legislation will allow for multiple pathways to a high school diploma, increased opportunities for vocational education at the high school level, and the beginning of a return to local control of education.

While the passage of HB5 is just the beginning of a long overdue reform

at Jun 10, 2013 3:49 PM
       

Texas CSCOPE Liberal Curriculum is DEAD and SB 1406 PASSED!

Never underestimate the power of blogs and grassroots pressure from conservatives in Texas!

The TESCCC Board has announced that they will be ENDING all CSCOPE lessons.

CSCOPE is dead, but as a way to prevent it from coming back with no SBOE oversight, SB 1406 still needed to pass the Texas House.

Great News, SB 1406 PASSED THE HOUSE last night after it was announced that CSCOPE lessons were being pulled!   Read more »

at May 21, 2013 11:24 AM
       

Texas House Gives Final Approval to Impressive Number of Pro-Second Amendment Bills

The following is a press release from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:

Gun owners’ patience and persistence was rewarded on Saturday and yesterday, as the Texas House of Representatives led by Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) gave approval to a wide range of pro-gun legislation while the NRA Annual Meeting was underway in Houston. Most of these bills passed overwhelmingly,

at May 8, 2013 3:25 PM
       

Texas Legislature 2013 - Senate Passes Heavy Truck Bill (SB 1671) House Looks at Options

Previously TexasGOPVote reported on State Representative Allen Fletcher's bill (HB 3094) to increase the fines on trucks that run overweight loads that are destroying our roads and highways. Recently the Texas Senate passed and forwarded on to the House for consideration, a bill (SB 1671) by State Senator Robert Nichols. The Senate bill is now before the House Transportation Committee, chaired by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Sherman).   Read more »

at May 2, 2013 10:12 AM
       

Texas Legislature 2013 - Reduce Unlicensed & Uninsured Drivers on Texas Roads

Are you legal to drive in Texas?  Wish everyone was?The 2011 Texas Legislature passed a new law to prohibit the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from issuing a Texas Driver's License to anyone who could not prove they were a citizen or legal U.S. resident. There were many good reasons for that I will address later, but there was one HUGE unintended consequence. The passage of this law created more lawlessness on Texas highways

at Apr 24, 2013 7:09 PM
       

Education Without CSCOPE or Standardized Tests

The proper character required for the preservation and enjoyment of liberty can be achieved through the proper education. Article 3 of the Northwest Ordinance states, “[r]eligion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.” This goal cannot be achieved if we consider education nothing more than what can be

at Apr 18, 2013 5:00 PM
       

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