A victory in the Texas Supreme Court for Patricia Mosley would reaffirm the basic notion that the government cannot lie to people who are trying to assert their constitutional rights.
It is quite possible that the fate of U.S. Supreme Court Justice pick Brett Kavanaugh could hinge on a decision by a judge in Wichita Falls. That decision could be announced any day now.
On a recent fact-finding mission to the U.S.-Mexico border, I was heartbroken that the stories of new immigrants are often much worse than we’ve heard. Along with a group of fellow veterans, I travelled to El Paso and Juarez to see the situation firsthand and meet the families that are being ripped apart on our border.
Discriminatory laws governing who can and cannot sell spirits represent government regulation at its worst, picking winners and losers in private industry and depriving Texas consumers of the choice they deserve.
The mission of the Grannies was to travel to McAllen to shed light on the immigrant atrocities our current administration has created at the border. When children are caged in detention facilities that resemble concentration camps, when children are neglected and abused in these facilities, when their desperate parents are treated as criminals, in my book these are atrocities.
State leaders, assisted living facility operators and the public should learn the lessons of Hurricane Harvey to avoid making the same mistakes.
Property tax reform has been the topic of much debate and proposed legislation. We believe the answer is not as simple as a one-size-fits-all cap on tax rate increases or revenue, mandatory rollback elections, or a sole focus on homeowner property tax to exclusion of all other tax policy.
If we want to avoid the high energy prices seen in places like California and New York while enjoying supplies of reliable energy, subsidies won’t work. If we want our neighbors to live healthy lives, if we believe in an open, democratic political process, and if we believe in the prosperity provided by the free market, our current path of subsidizing renewable energy is the wrong one.
Although the Legislature failed to pass school finance reform during the last legislative session, state lawmakers established the Texas Commission on Public School Finance to study the state’s school finance system and offer recommendations for reform. The commission’s recommendations will be stronger if it draws some lessons from recent court decisions in nearby states and bases its recommendations on sound educational research.
Texas, we’ve got a problem — a serious problem. A large part of our election technology across Texas is past its recommended useful life of 10 years. On top of that, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security says Russia tried to hack our state's election infrastructure.
The State Office of Administrative Hearings no longer exists for its only purpose: to hold fair hearings. Morale could not be lower. The judges feel they should start a hearing with a presumption the agency is right. Texans’ right to a fair hearing is gone.
Even if you don’t personally visit the library and participate in these programs and services, public libraries are using your tax dollars in ways that benefit you. Texas public libraries generated $967 million in economic activity in 2015. I hope that you will take advantage of all public libraries have to offer, but even if you don’t, your community is a better place with a library in it.