There's been a lot of talk about the military in Texas lately, and Governor Greg Abbott is right to be mocked for caving to fringe interests that think the U.S. military is planning to invade Texas.
But there's another military controversy before Gov. Abbott - and this one is actually real.
A law commonly known as the Hazlewood exemption provides veterans, their dependents, and their kids with partial financial aid for Texas college. But a Republican proposal in the Texas Legislature would cut financial aid the state has promised to Texas veterans and their families. Continue reading this post »
Texas Governor Greg Abbott thinks the federal government can't run healthcare - but that it can run a secret martial law mission in broad daylight.
That's essentially the thinking he is espousing by sending the Texas State Guard to monitor military training exercises in...Bastrop County.
If you haven't heard by now, a military training exercise called 'Jade Helm 15' is about to take place with the consent of private land owners in Texas - and six other states. But that has fringe interests on the edge because they think it's going to result in a government takeover (and here you thought that the military was untouchable in Texas).
Tax Day has come and gone, and for most Texans, that means you know you’ve paid your fair share of taxes. That is, unless you’re Governor Greg Abbott. The Dallas Morning News reports Gov. Abbott made $134,000 last year, but only paid $104 in federal income taxes.
Two months into the Texas Legislature, and Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick have pulled off a true Texas miracle: they've come up with a tax plan so horrible that long-time conservative business groups are rejecting it in favor of more spending on the state's infrastructure needs - including education, healthcare, water and transportation.
In an unprecedented letter to Patrick and his senators last week, six of the largest and most conservative business groups in Texas uniformly rejected Patrick's tax schemes. Instead, they called on Texas lawmakers to put money towards priorities that actually help job creation - like good roads, better schools, and improved healthcare.
Starting last week, Daniel was supposed to be able to apply for DACA - the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
Daniel, who came to the U.S. in 2009 and therefore could not qualify under the previous DACA guidelines, could have qualified under new guidelines established by President Obama's executive actions on immigration last November. He was eager to apply or a work permit, and contribute to his community the way he was taught.
A judge's decision to temporarily halt President Obama's executive actions on immigration will temporarily keep millions of Texas parents and children apart. It will also impact people you know, their relatives, and people you don't know but interact with every single day - and Greg Abbott could not be happier. Continue reading this post »