Columns/Opinions

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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.
 
Fri
27
Feb

Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016- 2017 state budget. In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend,  reduce, and eliminate unnecessary taxes and fees.
 
Fri
27
Feb

Political agenda top order for council

As a business owner in Hearne, a constant state of frustration looms whenever the topic of the Hearne City Council is brought up. Over the past two years, our city government has been in the national media spotlight, set precedence at a court in Waco, littered local television stations with lots of headlines none of which were favorable and remains an embarrassment to local businesses.
 
Fri
20
Feb

Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a ccoalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to President Obama that urges the nation’s chief executive “to reconsider his threat” to veto  legislation approving the
Keystone XL pipeline.
 
Fri
20
Feb

Dear ISIL, I’ve had enough

We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them. — GEORGE W. BUSH, speech, Dec. 18, 2005 ISIL continues to keep  the heads of state scratching for an answer. What will it take to bring these beheadings
and killings to an end? What is it that will find a peace for a territory that hasbeen at war just about as long as it has been in existence?
 
Fri
13
Feb

Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

By Ed Sterling

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budgetwriting duties with public hearings on four consecutive days. Led by Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state pension funds, courts and payments on state debt. Currently, the budget is an estimated $4.5 billion for all of those “general government” functions and an increase of $200 million has been proposed for 2016-2017.

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