HGAC’s Clark Fumbles Around on Tow Truck Monopolies, Commissioners Noack, Clark Object

Conroe, January 24 – The Houston Galveston Area Council’s Alan Clark, Director of Transportation Planning, tried to convince the Montgomery County Commissioners Court today that the County should adopt a policy whereby certain tow truck operators receive monopoly protection when accidents occur or cars break down on major thoroughfares. Clark advocated a system whereby the […]

Commissioners Approve Limited Ethics Policy

Commissioners Approve Limited Ethics Policy

Conroe, January 24 – The Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved a limited Code of Ethics in a unanimous vote this morning. The Code was limited in two respects. First, it only meets the minimal requirements of the Texas Department of Transportation which has notified the County government that it must adopt those requirements by February […]

The Golden Hammer to Present “Golden Sledgehammer” at Commissioners Court

The Golden Hammer to Present “Golden Sledgehammer” at Commissioners Court

Conroe, January 24 – The Golden Hammer will present a Golden Sledgehammer at the January 24, 2017, Commissioners Court meeting. Explained Publisher Eric Yollick, “The spending issue which will receive the attention of the Golden Sledgehammer is way too gigantic merely to be a ‘golden hammer.’ This spending issue sledgehammers the taxpayers.” Yollick will make the […]

Trump freezes hiring of many federal workers – Washington Post

Washington Post Trump freezes hiring of many federal workersWashington PostPresident Trump instituted a government-wide hiring freeze Monday, signing an executive order that he said would affect all employees “except for the military.” Trump had pledged to halt government hiring as part of his campaign's “Contract with the …Executive orders: What Trump can and can't doCNNTrump starts […]

Reports: Most statewide officials in strong financial shape – Texas Tribune

Reports: Most statewide officials in strong financial shapeTexas TribuneMost of Texas' major statewide officials are in strong — if not formidable — financial shape as they gear up for 2018 re-election campaigns, according to a new batch of campaign finance reports. Towering over everyone is Gov. Greg Abbott, who is …

In dueling budget proposals, Texas House and Senate billions apart – Texas Tribune

Houston Chronicle In dueling budget proposals, Texas House and Senate billions apartTexas TribuneTexas Senate Finance Chairwoman Jane Nelson on Tuesday proposed a $213.4 billion two-year base budget. An hour later, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus outlined the lower chamber's base budget, which included $221.3 billion over two years.Texas House, Senate $8B apart in preliminary budget […]

With funding tight, legislators weigh options on school finance – Texas Tribune

With funding tight, legislators weigh options on school financeTexas TribuneIn the Texas finance system, districts with a wealthier tax base spend local money to help educate students in districts with less property tax money, as part of the “Robin Hood” or “recapture” system. Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath has …and more »

Texas Senate to examine school finance system replacement plans – Community Impact Newspaper

Chron.com Texas Senate to examine school finance system replacement plansCommunity Impact NewspaperAfter appointing the workgroups, state Sen. Jane Nelson asked the school finance-focused group to begin with a clean slate when considering ways to fund public education. State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, was named the chair of the working group.Senate panel orders study of new […]

Trump reverses abortion policy for aid to NGOs – CNN

CNN Trump reverses abortion policy for aid to NGOsCNNWashington (CNN) President Donald Trump signed an executive action on Monday reinstating the so-called Mexico City Policy, which bars international non-governmental organizations that perform or promote abortions from receiving US government …Trump reinstates ban on US funds promoting abortion overseasThe HillTrump Revives Reagan-Era Ban on Use of Foreign […]