On the Record

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July 2022 Marks Texas' Lowest Unemployment Since Pre-Pandemic, as 72,800 Jobs Added

After Texas added 72,800 total non-farm jobs in July 2022, for the 9th consecutive month the state has set new employment highs as total non-farm employment reached 13,513,100. Texas has added a total of 736,700 positions since July 2021.

08.19.2022
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Cong. Myra Flores Tours Weslaco Village Apartments, Announcing New $16.5 Million Package for South Texas Border City

“Housing & Urban Development resources, along with private funds, will not only ensure that our community meets its affordable housing demands, but does so in a way that's beneficial to residents, taxpayers and community stakeholders. This is a win-win for TX-34,” said new (and very active) Congresswoman Mayra Flores, announcing a new $16.5 million dollar, 50 unit housing project for the south Texas border city of Weslaco, Texas.

08.18.2022
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Austin City Council's Proposed 40% Pay Increase is Outrageous, Unearned says Save Austin Now

"We should not ask Austin taxpayers to fund full-time salaries for part-time City Council members whose record of performance is so poor that 56% in the recent Austin Monitor Poll said that Austin is headed in the wrong direction," said the non-partisan Save Austin Now PAC, following a local media report that City Council could be proposing a 40% pay increase for itself, potentially raising pay from $83,158 to $116,688.

08.18.2022
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HENDERSON: The IRS Shows Its Guns – and Has for Years

Rarely does the average American think of the Internal Revenue Service as a “service” – especially when the Internal Revenue "Service" recently advertised some of its new hiring and job placement opportunities. One of the “Major Duties” caught the eye of many commentators:  “Carry a firearm, and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary,” it read. Presumably because of the uproar, the IRS deleted that line.

08.18.2022
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Cong. Babin Leads Bi-Partisan Effort to Bring STARCOM Base to Texas

“From supporting military readiness, to leading the charge in human space exploration, Texas has played a dynamic role in Civil, Commercial & Defense Collaboration in the Aerospace Industry,” said Cong. Brian Babin after leading the entire Texas Congressional Delegation in a letter to U.S. Air Force Sect. Frank Kendall urging him to consider Texas as a potential base location for the U.S. Space Forces’ Space Training & Readiness Command (STARCOM).

08.16.2022
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Gov. Abbott, DPS Launch Public Service Announcement as Teachers & Students Return to School

"Parents, teachers, and students deserve to feel safe and secure returning to school this fall, and who better to help spread the message about the iWatchTexas reporting system than 'Texas Ranger' Chuck Norris," said Governor Greg Abbott, launching the Public Service Announcement to promote awareness of the iWatchTexas community reporting system as teachers, students, and faculty return to school for the new school year.

08.16.2022
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AG Pax­ton Fighting Biden EPA’s 'Legally Flawed' Attempt to Implement Further Green­house Gases Stan­dards

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision earlier this summer in the momentous West Virginia v. EPA case marked the second time the Court has rebuked the EPA for its "novel interpretations of the Clean Air Act" to regulate "a significant portion of the American economy." But it's not being heeded by EPA when it comes to its potential adoption of “imprudent and legally flawed” National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

08.16.2022
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Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan, Texans for Lawsuit Reform Launch Joint Effort Backing Caroline Harris for HD 52

"Dedicating almost a decade to public service that's yielding results for Texans, Caroline has deep roots in her community and is in tune with the needs of House District 52 – which will make her an effective member of the Texas House,” said Speaker Dade Phelan, as he and the Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC announced their matching financial support for Republican Caroline Harris in the north-Austin based district.

08.16.2022
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Gov. Abbott Activates State Resources Ahead of Approaching Tropical Weather Impacts

"State agencies are monitoring the developing weather conditions along the coast and preparing comprehensive response measures. I urge Texans in these regions to remain weather-aware and follow the direction of local authorities," said Gov. Greg Abbott, as the National Weather Service's forecasts show large areas of 1 to 4 inches of rainfall, with some South Texas areas potentially receiving 4 to 6 inches of rain.

08.15.2022
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Cong. Myra Flores Says: Higher Prices & More IRS Audits is Not an 'Inflation Reduction Act'

“I may be new to Congress, but anyone who thinks its a good idea to inject $745 billion dollars into an economy that's already suffering from record high inflation, should think again. Clearly the attitude of the Biden Admin and liberals in Congress is, ‘Can’t afford Food, Gas, or Medicine? Too bad – enjoy your Tax Audit,’” said Congresswoman Flores, noting that $1.3 billion to boost luxury electric car sales won't help her constituents.

08.15.2022
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ABBOTT: NYC & DC Mayors Now See that Texas' Border Crisis is Real – They Should Call on Biden to Stop It

"If the mayors of America’s most populous city, and the nation’s capital, are complaining about a few 1,000 migrants, imagine what Texas' small border communities face. As Mayors Adams & Bowser have both recently acknowledged, the border crisis demands immediate and decisive action – so I ask them to call on President Biden to honor his duty to preserve America’s national security," said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

08.12.2022
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ABBOTT: Powerful 'Made in Texas' Brand Helps Land New Producer Owned Beef Facility In Amarillo

"Having a stable U.S. food supply is vital to national security. This additional beef processing facility in Texas will help meet consumer demand for quality protein for the family dinner table," said State Rep. Four Price of Amarillo, as Gov. Abbott announced the new plant will harvest 3,000 cattle per day and sell beef and beef byproducts both in and out of Texas – keeping hundreds of millions of dollars in Texas.

08.12.2022
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Millions of Historic Oil & Gas Production Records Now Online on Railroad Commission Website

The Historical Imaged Annual Production Records database includes oil production dating back to 1931, and gas production going back to 1937. More than 1,300 rolls of microfilm – containing about 2.2 million images housed in the Texas Railroad Commission’s Central Records Office – were digitized to provide easy access to the vast amount of information held by the RRC, which was founded in 1891..

08.12.2022
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Sen. Cruz, Colleagues Introduce Asylum Accountability Act

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), in conjunction with Senators Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Bill Hagerty (R-TN), and Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) introduced the Asylum Accountability Act.

08.11.2022
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Governor Abbott Mobilizes Additional State Resources As Wildfire Danger Continues

With increased fire potential worsened by excessively dry conditions, the Governor is directing the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) to deploy state resources in collaboration with the Texas A&M Forest Service.

08.11.2022
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Cong. Flores Announces $5 Million Grant for Harlingen's 'Commerce Street Corridor'

“The improvement of the Commerce Street Corridor is just one more example of how we are working together to ensure our district remains the best place to live, work, and play in the state of Texas,” said Congresswoman Myra Flores, announcing that the City of Harlingen's "Commerce Street Corridor" has been awarded a discretionary grant totaling $5,020,730 from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

08.11.2022
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TABC Set to Begin Annual Back-To-School Undercover Operations

Agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are focusing their efforts across the state to ensure alcohol is sold safely and responsibly during the busy back-to-school season.

08.11.2022
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Biden Says Americans Experienced 0% Inflation – after CPI Jumps 8.5% in July

"This is one of the most out-of-touch, elitist statements I've ever heard," said one response to President Biden's claim that Americans experienced "0% inflation" in July, after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Consumer Prices jumped 8.5% in the past 12 months, down from the previous month's 9.1% record increase. Another said the White House was "Lying to everyone," as the price of food saw its largest 12-month increase since May 1979​​​​​​​.

08.10.2022
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Democrats’ $700 Billion Green Energy Boondoggle Hikes Taxes, Kills Jobs & Makes Energy More Expensive Amid Recession 

With $4 a gallon gas, inflation at 40-year highs, and two straight quarters of economic recession, D.C. Democrats fast-tracked partisan legislation that will stifle the economy, kill jobs, hike taxes, and increase energy costs said Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Wayne Christian following the Senate's passage of the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.”

08.09.2022
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Comptroller Hegar’s Office Selects LightBox to Develop Broadband Availability Map

“When this map is complete, the Broadband Development Office along with community leaders and members of the public will be able to extract information from the map to better understand the needs of their regions and make better decisions establishing programs related to broadband development,” said Comptroller Glenn Hegar of the agency's effort to determine where to invest public funding as it implements the Texas Broadband Plan.

08.09.2022
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09.24.2022

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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09.22.2022
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09.16.2022
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