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 […]

President Trump signs order to withdraw from Trans-Pacific Partnership – Washington Post

Washington Post President Trump signs order to withdraw from Trans-Pacific PartnershipWashington PostPresident Trump began recasting America's role in the global economy Monday, canceling an agreement for a sweeping trade deal with Asia that he once called a “potential disaster.” Trump signed the executive order formally ending the United States' …Killing TPP is bad news for Americans, […]

Will Japan allow its Emperor to abdicate? Interim report suggests Akihito could get his hinted wish – Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor Will Japan allow its Emperor to abdicate? Interim report suggests Akihito could get his hinted wishChristian Science MonitorA government panel looking into the prospect of Emperor Akihito's abdication suggests that one-time legislation could permit the current emperor to step down from his duties, avoiding any permanent change to the system. Monitor's Best: […]

Trident: Defence Secretary refuses to give test missile details – BBC News

Mirror.co.uk Trident: Defence Secretary refuses to give test missile detailsBBC NewsDefence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon has refused to divulge "operational details" of what happened during a Trident test last June. It is reported that a missile went off course, but the government has not confirmed or denied this. Theresa May was told …Why a Missile […]