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As both Chambers have passed their versions of the state's budget, The Lt. Governor has appointed five Senate members to a conference committee, who along with the appointed House members will work out the differences between the different versions. The clock is winding down for this session, but I am confident we will come to an agreement and pass the state's budget. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
My dad once asked my grandmother Meme if she had a parachute left over from WWII. Odd question, right? However, Meme was a practical homemaker who never threw anything useful away. Dad needed a parachute for the perfect party decoration project. Dad was always planning amazing parties that included freely creative decorations. Emphasis on the free. more
I covet your prayers as I come to the end of a book manuscript. Please pray a publisher wants to partner with me. more
The members of the Legislature are heading home to spend the Easter weekend with their families. When we come back, we will be on the home stretch to the end of Session. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
For some reason, I can’t get the phrase re-gifted out of my head. People use the term now to mean a gift they pass along to someone else. Re-gifting may be controversial to some, reflecting an ungrateful attitude, perhaps. In my world, re-gifting makes sense. Why keep something you have no use for? more
Since 2003, every "First Tuesday" of the month, doctors and medical students from around the state come to the Capitol to lobby on behalf of their profession and patients. These individuals provide an invaluable service to our state and I look forward to working with them for many years to come. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
Listening strategically requires thoughtful discipline. “No one knows who is listening, say nothing you would not wish put in the newspapers,” said the wise scholar, Charles Spurgeon, www.brainyquote.com. If only we all lived by that motto. Unfortunately, folks say all kind of weird stuff and expect us to understand. Some of those folks might be living in our house. Maybe we even gave birth to them. more
While preparing your taxes this month, Texans can be thankful we are one of only seven states with no state income tax. Lower taxes and efficient government are just a few things which makes Texas a great place to live, own a business and raise a family. Here are five things happening at your Capitol this week: more
In March, Texans celebrate Independence Day. Many Texans know the oil industry is a patriotic bunch of folks, but sometimes we forget how much the energy producers of this country contribute to our nation’s security. In honor of all the amazing Texans that have gone before us, I am saluting an East Texan I admire in one of our favorite Texas traditions, the oil industry. Marilyn Wood Trolinger’s family goes back four more
March is a busy month in the Capitol as many families, students and teachers make their way to Austin for spring break. We enjoy seeing everyone, but there is, of course, no spring break for legislators as final bills are filed and committee agendas are full of potential legislation. more
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