• October 25, 2020

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Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, Dennis Bonnen Promise Unity in 2019

Texas’ top three elected leaders are looking to show a united front as the 2019 legislative session begins — and start fresh after the drama of last session. The so-called “Big Three” — Republicans Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and newly elected House Speaker Dennis Bonnen — punctuated the effort Wednesday morning with a […]Read More

‘Don’t Mess with Texas’ Launches Contest for New Song

AUSTIN – For more than 30 years, the Texas Department of Transportation’s “Don’t mess with Texas” campaign has forged partnerships with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, George Strait, Willie Nelson, LeAnn Rimes and Grupo Fantasma to share its important message. Now the search is on for a new amateur musical talent to represent the […]Read More

Study Examines Effect of Funding Cuts on Texas Schools, Students

AUSTIN  – Funding cuts by state lawmakers left a five-year, $5 billion hole in the budget for Texas public schools between 2011 and 2016. A new University of Texas study analyzes the effect of those cuts, made because of state revenue shortfalls, which forced many districts to operate with less money despite a growing number of students. […]Read More

5 Takeaways From the First Half of the Special Session

Gov. Greg Abbott kicked off his first special session two weeks ago. That puts the Legislature at the halfway point if they choose to take the maximum 30 days they are permitted to meet — and given Abbott’s ambitious agenda, it’s looking like they may need all the time they can get. So far, the special session hasn’t […]Read More

Texas Business Groups are Banding Together to Keep NAFTA Strong

Despite uncertainty on how the Trump administration will renegotiate the United States’ role in the North American Free Trade Agreement, two-way trade between Texas and Mexico has continued to flourish since the president was sworn in in January. Now, a number of Texas-based business groups have teamed up to prevent a reversal in that trend […]Read More

New Texas Law Enables Comprehensive Rape Kit Reform

AUSTIN — With the passage of a bill establishing a tracking system for evidence in sex assault cases, Texas has become the first state to implement comprehensive rape kit reforms. There are an estimated 20,000 or more untested rape kits sitting in evidence lockers around the state, but new regulations are aimed at ensuring the […]Read More

Annual Report Ranks Texas 41st for Children’s Well-Being

AUSTIN – Texas children are starting their lives near the back of the pack, according to a new report. The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book, released Monday, ranks Texas 41st overall in the country for child well-being, and in the bottom half of states in all its individual statistical categories. The […]Read More