Until early this week, it appeared that the U.S Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency that oversees everything from Immigration and Customs Enforcement to the Transportation Security Administration, might have to partially shut down for lack of funding.
The strain of tight budgets and related deferred facility maintenance is showing up in places where state employees are expected to do their jobs, and some legislators want to fix those problems in the next two-year budget.
Everybody knows a seat belt could save your life. And unless you never notice the message signs along local freeways, you know you can be issued a costly ticket unless everybody in your vehicle is buckled up.
Since some residents of southeast Texas have voiced their opposition to a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, it was only a matter of time before a bill to stymie the plan was introduced in the Legislature.
If it’s not a real estate match made in heaven, it’s one that’s at least almost perfect: Arlington, its 18 city-owned acres on the northwest corner of Interstate 30 and Collins Street, and Dallas-based Trammell Crow Co.