Gov. Greg Abbott: Giving voters a veto on property tax growth is the ultimate in local control. Meanwhile, the Texas Legislature can boost school finance and reduce Robin Hood funding transfers among districts.
The top-identified issues are housing and homelessness; health, mental health and wellness; transportation; education, early childhood and youth; basic needs, emergency assistance and financial stability.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Raise teacher pay by $5,000 now to reduce turnover and help recruit the best and brightest. Merit pay initiatives like in Dallas ISD’s ACE program should also be considered later.
The Texas Legislature is ramping up its war on human trafficking, with plans to boost funding, enforcement and awareness in state agencies attacking prostitution and regulating alcohol and even spas and salons.
Here are the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Fort Worth projects aimed at making room on roads and highways for a growing Texas — including interstates 820 and 635, and state highways 121, 10 and 26.
Republicans such as Reagan, Trump, Gingrich and the Tea Party say government is bad; thus, no compromise. To end the federal shutdown, Americans must want government to work, and work well, as Democrats do.
Of the meat and potato issues of education, health care and public safety, the Texas Legislature needs to remember to include public safety in Capitol discussions in Austin, as families do at a dinner table.
The entire U.S. waits to see if the Tarrant County GOP ousts Shafi as vice chair because he’s Muslim. American Jewish Committee sees it as a dire test of America’s First Amendment protecting religious freedom.
Be safe on trade: The North American Free Trade Agreement, NAFTA, caused some disruption but created a multi-nation production process and a more integrated economy between the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Former Texas House Speaker Joe Straus on his legacy on education, transportation and water supply projects, and the spirit of bipartisanship that got it done in the past and is needed for future progress.
Corporations considering relocating here depend on literate, educated graduates of Fort Worth Independent School District. The district depends on volunteer tutors to help students read on grade level.
Reby Cary not only inspired and guided African American students at the University of Texas at Arlington, but extended a hand to Chicano students navigating a Confederate Johnny Reb culture dominated by whites.
Texas DMV’s budget ballooned after it was separated from the Texas Department of Transportation. Now it costs millions more, but to little effect. Time to abolish it and return its functions to the DOT.
Texas legislators can help prevent abuse, neglect and death in child care centers with better data, teacher-child ratios and oversight, while helping parents find quality daycare with a state website and app.