Fixing student loans may be a challenge

Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014

Student loans are once again in the news, with the Obama Administration proposing to add some five million individuals with outstanding loan balances to the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) plan. The plan caps student loan payments at 10 percent of income, and loan balances disappear after 20 years (10 years for persons working in the public sector). Most students now taking out loans can already access PAYE, but many of those with older loans have not been eligible. In addition, many students with loans are unaware of the PAYE option. The new proposal would enhance both the availability of the program and efforts to make students aware of its existence.

Tax recovery anemic for some states, others booming

Tuesday, May. 27, 2014

Although the economy is finally almost back to where it stood before the recent recession by some measures, other indicators remain depressingly off. Job gains have been spotty, both in terms of industry and geography. Some states are still struggling to deal with high unemployment and a lack of opportunities. In addition, long-term unemployment is a problem, with many job seekers giving up. Fallout from the recession also continues for state and local governments, which experienced notable declines in tax receipts when the economy went into recession.

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, May. 20, 2014

Dear Editor,

National Day of Prayer Thursday, a call for revival

Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

Thursday is the National Day of Prayer.

Granger discusses F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, V-22 Osprey with Japanese Prime Minister

Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

Congresswoman Kay Granger, R-Texas, the Chairwoman of the State Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, is traveling through the Asia-Pacific as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation visiting the region this week. Last Monday, Granger met personally with high-level Japanese government officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera. During the meetings, Granger discussed the importance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the V-22 Osprey aircraft, both of which are built in Tarrant County and North Texas.

Granger announces bill ‘surpasses expectations’

Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

Legislation gains majority support of the House in only four months.

Representative Phil King named to the joint interim committee to study water desalination

Tuesday, Apr. 08, 2014

Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, was recently named to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination. The committee is charged with examining the status of seawater and groundwater desalination in Texas, as well as ways that expanded use of desalinated water could help meet Texas’ needs.

How women are reshaping the defense industry

| |Monday, Mar. 24, 2014

The defense industry is facing unprecedented challenges, with the help of a new group of women leaders.

Vote Suchocki for JP Precinct 4, Hardy for state board

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Dear Editor,

Keep Hardy’s cool head on education board

Monday, Feb. 17, 2014

The little-known State Board of Education is assigned only one task in the Texas Constitution: to wisely manage public money in the Permanent School Fund.