Texans will have to wait another day to kill feral hogs from helicopters
Having already passed the House by a huge margin, the “Pork Chopper” bill, House Bill 716, lost some momentum today when it arrived in the Senate Committee on Natural Resources. Witnesses and committee members alike voiced concerns over the bill, … Read More
With most other states on board with climate-adaptation plans, Texas walks the plank.
The American Goldfinch can’t get out of Texas fast enough. Not because real estate is cheaper elsewhere, or birdseed more readily available, but because the climate it thrives in has been shifting north at an alarming pace. According to a … Read More
This morning Governor Rick Perry joined members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to announce the release of the inaugural edition of the Texas Public Higher Education Almanac. Meant to promote transparency, accountability and the value of higher education … Read More
Municipalities fight for the right to have a final say in where pipelines are placed
It’s an axiom: A straight line is the shortest, most efficient way to get from point A to point B. But where natural gas pipelines are concerned, the most direct route may not the best. There may be homes, schools, … Read More
Here’s a bold idea for fixing Texas’ $23 billion budget deficit: repeal sweetheart tax loopholes for Big Business. While this Legislature is unlikely to fiddle with the state’s myriad tax breaks, some lawmakers are at least trying to jumpstart the … Read More
With terrible cuts looming to the financial aid program, Sen. Zaffirini wants to prioritize the pain.
Like many important lifelines for poor and middle class Texans, the TEXAS grant program is on the chopping block at the Capitol. Established by the Legislature in 1999, the fund helps students pay for the skyrocketing costs of getting a … Read More
Solar Panel Owners Look for Common Ground With Homeowners’ Associations
To boldly go where no man has gone before is the last thing many homeowners’ associations want their members to do. That includes installing potential “monstrosities” – in the words of Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston – on their roofs in … Read More
Suzie Canales is one cafeteria worker you don’t want to mess with. Attendees at last December’s first-ever White House Forum on Environmental Justice learned this the hard way. The forum was meant to illustrate the Obama administration’s commitment to protecting … Read More
In case you haven’t heard, Texas public education system is facing a $9.3 billion shortfall over the next biennium. That’s not including funding needed for textbooks, about $400 million according to Sen. Florence Shapiro, R-Plano. But lawmakers are debating how … Read More