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PARKER: Is Texas Legislature Closer to Passing More School Choice Than Ever Before?

The dirty little secret in education is that poor children do get stuck with lower quality public schools. But we may be closer than ever to more school choice in Texas – which the majority of Texans support. That's why I'm excited and encouraged to support Senator Paul Bettencourt’s SB 1968, “The Family Educational Relief Program.”

04.27.2021
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BUSH: Texas Homeowner's Assistance Programs Now Available after 2018-19 Flooding, Tropical Storm Imelda Disasters

"Southeast Texas and the Rio Grande Valley have been hit time and again by torrential rains and devastating flooding,” said Texas Land Comm. George P. Bush, announcing that applications for Homeowner's Assistance & Reimbursement Programs (HARP) are now available to help homeowners rebuild from the 2018 & 2019 Flooding, Tropical Storm Disasters.

04.27.2021
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Sen. Cruz in Newsweek: ‘President Biden Is Responsible For This Border Crisis’

Sen. Ted Cruz has penned an op-ed for Newsweek to detail the worsening border crisis created by President Biden’s immigration policies, and highlighting his recent Congressional Tour to the Rio Grande Valley where Sen. Cruz and other Senators from across the nation witnessed the National Security & Public Health Crises firsthand.

04.27.2021
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HEGAR: Biden Claws Back, Rescinds Texas’ Previously Agreed to Healthcare Funding Program

“Rescinding this now is particularly malicious... At a time when the entire nation is trying to pull itself out of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, its particularly irresponsible for President Biden to take this action while he fails to meet responsibilities along our southern border," said Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

04.27.2021
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Congressmen Gonzales & Cuellar, Senators Cornyn & Sinema Introduce Bipartisan Border Solutions Act to Address Border Migrant Influx

Saying they are committed to support the men and women protecting our borders, as well as the border communities and children or families determined to migrate to our country, Texas Congressmen Tony Gonzales & Henry Cuellar, along with U.S. Senators John Cornyn & Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are responding to the migrant crisis at the Southern Border.

04.26.2021
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McCAUL: What People are Talking About – Democrats Latest Power Grab

For the last 60 years, every Justice Department has said a Constitutional Amendment would be needed in order to make the District of Columbia a state. That's not deterring today's Democrats. There is just one problem for them though – it is unconstitutional.

04.26.2021
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State Sen. Creighton Advances Higher Education Priorities

“Higher education is the tip of the spear for short-term & long-term growth, and each of these bills will have generational impacts for the entire state,” said Texas State Sen. Brandon Creighton, announcing that several priority Higher Education bills have advanced in the Senate.  Creighton serves as Chairman of the Committee on Higher Education.  

04.26.2021
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CONG. KEVIN BRADY: The Biden Border Crisis Is Hurting America's Foster Care System

“When you tour the Texas Border, you see up close just how cruel this humanitarian crisis is on migrant children and the families who put their fate in the hands of criminal drug cartels. But there's another victim of the Border Crisis that President Biden is blind to – America’s foster children who are trying to find a loving family," said Cong. Brady.

04.23.2021
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HEGAR: Here's a List of Items Exempt from Sales Tax This Weekend, April 24-26th

Here's a list of Emergency Preparation Supplies that Texans can purchase tax-free during this weekend's State Sales Tax Holiday for emergency supplies. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 24th and ends at midnight on Monday, April 26th.

04.23.2021
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LT. GOV. PATRICK: 'Charter Schools Become a Vital Education Option for Texas Parents.'

"Texans overwhelmingly support Charter Schools, and I commend Sen. Bettencourt and the Texas Senate for their leadership in passing Senate Bill 28 to make sure parents can choose a Charter School if it best fits their child's needs," said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick following the unanimous passage of Bettencourt’s "Charter School Equity Act."

04.23.2021
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TPPF's Balat: Is a Home Run for Health Care in Texas Moving Forward in Austin?

Bundled together as the “Healthy Families, Healthy Texas” initiative launched earlier this year by Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, a rare bipartisan effort is moving forward in Austin to focus on three health care concerns: Increasing Access to Care, Improving Health Outcomes, and Making Care More Affordable.

04.22.2021
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In Cities 'Defunding the Police,' Violent Crime Spikes & Burned-Out Police are Leaving in Droves

After Austin City Council cut one-third of the city’s $434 million Police Budget, aggravated assaults went up 26% in February 2021 compared to 2020. ”We're showing the country how reinvestments from the police budget can actually make many people’s lives so much better and safer,” said Councilmember Gregorio Casar on March 11th.

04.20.2021
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CRUZ: We Must Stop President Biden’s Assault on the Supreme Court

"Democrats have long signaled their intent to pack the Supreme Court with activist judges to rubber stamp their radical agenda. ," said U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, following President Biden’s announcement ordering a commission to study "expanding" the U.S. Supreme Court.

04.19.2021
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Bettencourt, 9 Other State Senators Pass 'Stop Taxpayer Funded Lobbying' Bill in Austin

State Senator Paul Bettencourt, along with 9 joint-authors, passed Senate Bill 10 by 17-13 margin, moving the effort to stop the practice of taxpayer funded lobbying one step closer to being reality. 91% of Texans recently said they oppose using tax dollars to fund lobbyists.

04.19.2021
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State Rep. Jetton Backs, Joint-Authors Property Tax Reform Bills

In an effort to make further and significant steps to reduce property taxes without cutting education funding, State Rep. Jacey Jetton announced his support for House Bill 59 by Chairman Andrew Murr and House Bill 958 by Chairman Tom Oliverson. 

04.19.2021
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President of Mexico: One Man, Joe Biden, Created the Current Border Crisis

The current U.S.-Mexican Border Crisis was created by one man, and one man alone – U.S. President Joe  Biden, says Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The Mexican leader also faulted Biden for allowing criminal organizations, drug cartels & human smugglers to run rampant on the border.

04.16.2021
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Republicans Question Biden's So-Called Infrastructure Plan: Massive 'Green New Deal in Disguise'

"This is a massive Social Welfare Spending Program, combined with a massive tax increase on Small Business job creators. I can't think of a worse thing to do than that," said Mississippi Sen. Roger Wicker, noting that his fellow Republicans in Congress are concerned about the administration's massive scale of unrelated spending – with more still to come.

04.13.2021
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Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, April 24-26

With the potential for severe weather approaching, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar reminds Texans they can purchase certain items tax-free during the state’s sales tax holiday for emergency preparation supplies

04.13.2021
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Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bill 1234 and Senate Bill 598

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement today following the unanimous passage of 2 election security bills, Senate Bill 1234, by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, and Senate Bill 598, by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham

04.13.2021
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Cong. Gonzales: Father of 6 says San Antonio's Unaccompanied Minors Facility Is at Capacity

"As a father to six, seeing unaccompanied children (in conditions like this) is heartbreaking. Freeman Coliseum will be at capacity this weekend, and I have three other facilities like this in my district," said Cong. Tony Gonzales Friday after visiting the Unaccompanied Minors Temporary Housing Facility.

04.12.2021
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05.13.2021

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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05.12.2021
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05.11.2021
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