Category Archives: Texas Governor

What to expect from opening day of the Texas Lege

As lawmakers at the Texas capitol prepare to get to work on Tuesday they will do so with about a billion less dollars on hand for the biennial budget than they did last time around and that has some people on edge.  State Comptroller Glenn Heger announced hid Bieenial Budget Estimate on Monday which shows that lawmakers will have around

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State says that Texas students will have to take the STARR test but districts and campuses will be exempted from the A-F grading system

Matt Pierce Briscoe State education officials announced on Thursday that Texas schools and districts will not be graded by the state this school year, but students are still going to have to take STAAR tests. The Texas Education Agency announced the decision Thursday afternoon, indicating that, in their view, testing data is necessary to show leaders just how the coronavirus

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Cruises from Galveston canceled through March

The two major cruise companies operating from here on the Texas coast have announced that they will not restart cruises until at least March. Carnival Cruise Line said Thursday they have canceled all cruises nationwide through Feb. 28. The announcement comes on the heels of an announcement in October that indicated that Carnival might consider allowing cruises to resume out

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Online sales taxes are helping with state budget even though it is still going to be slimmer than usual

State Comptroller Glen Hegar briefed the Legislative Budget Board in Austin on Monday ahead of what is expected to be a fairly tight fiscal budget for the state’s next biennial budget.  Hegar told Senate and House Budget Board members that revenue collections from around the state have exceeded what was initially predicted back in July of 2020 and that certain

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Las Vegas Is Watching Texas Very Closely This Week And They Have Good Reason To Be Concerned

The first National Finals Rodeo was held in Dallas in 1959. Three years after that they moved to Los Angeles for three years. From there, they moved out to Oklahoma City, where they maintained a home through 1984. In 1985 the National Finals rodeo packed their bags once more and headed out to the entertainment Mecca of America—Las Vegas.  The

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As Texas prepares to further open up for business COVID-19 counts slowly begin creeping back up

On Wednesday something will happen that hasn’t technically been allowed since late June, bars will be allowed to reopen at 50% capacity if county judges allow. “Until now, only two types of businesses have not been open” since then, Abbott said in a Facebook video last week when he made the announcement. “One is river tubing operations and the other

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Abbott to allow bars to open at 50% in some locations with counties taking on enforcement roles

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made the much awaited announcement on Wednesday that bars and similar establishments are allowed to reopen at 50% capacity in counties with low COVID-19 hospitalizations starting Oct. 14. Gov. Abbott said it is time to reopen more businesses as coronavirus numbers in the state continue to decline. “The good news is that even with additional business

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Special Blog Report: Live music and arts are suffering more than many people realize in Texas

More bad news for live music… The pandemic has effectively pulled the plug on live music events, dealing a heavy blow to the state that is home to the self-proclaimed live-music capital of the world. Two-thirds of venue owners across the state say that they expect to permanently close because of the crisis, according to the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

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Athletics Seems To Have Had Heavy Influence Over Texas Return To School Guidelines

Officials suggest that the possibility of parents leaving public school sports for so-called “select leagues” heavily influenced TEA return to campus decision making during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Texas Attorney General Rules In Favor Of Open Government Saying That Names Nursing Homes With COVID-19 Outbreaks Must Be Released

The Texas Attorney General’s Office has rejected most arguments presented by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for concealing information on nursing home names and locations where COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred. The attorney general ruling on July 6 required release of the bulk of information requested earlier this year by numerous organizations and individuals. The non-profit Freedom of Information Foundation of

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