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Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas joined West Virginia and Wisconsin on an amicus brief filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia defending President Trump’s so-called “1-in-2-out” executive order, which directs federal agencies to repeal two regulations for each new rule they issue.

“The president’s executive order is an important step towards rolling back years of unnecessary and costly regulations that far exceed congressional intent,” Attorney General Paxton said. “Overregulation has harmed economic growth and job creation. The ‘1-in-2-out’ order will help restore regulatory authority to Texas and other states on important matters of local concern.”

Several groups claim that the executive order exceeds President Trump’s constitutional authority and have sued to block it. But in the amicus brief, Attorney General Paxton and the other attorneys general defend the president’s order as lawful:

“The President has constitutional authority to set a regulatory agenda for the various departments and agencies that the President directly oversees. And the President may consider cost, economic policy, and the availability of market-based alternatives when setting that regulatory agenda, so long as those considerations are not prohibited by congressional actions.”

President Trump has vowed to repeal more than half of all the rules in the Code of Federal Regulations, which is 178,000 pages long. Many of the rules are outdated yet have remained in the government’s rule book decades after they were issued.

To view the amicus brief, click here.

 

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Pictured in back row from left to right are Angela and Dr. Walker. In the front row are their children Garrett, Rachel and Emma.

I know you were all sad to see the Cottage Door on Ave. B in old Katy close its doors.
If you haven’t heard yet, they will re-open their doors under new owners.
In March, Dr. Allen and Mrs. Angela Walker became the new owners. They have been an active part of Katy for over 20 years.
“We have spent a lot of time evaluating all the fabulous traditions John and Rosemary Nelson have implemented and have decided to build on their legacy. It’s such an honor and privilege to have this opportunity to continue this service and preserve a piece of Katy history”.
So, on Saturday, April 22nd there will be the “Grand Re-Opening” of the Cottage Door Boutique starting at 10 a.m. There will be a bounce house for the kids and drawings every hour.
They have made a few updates to the shop and some of the friendly faces that served you before are back once more. Not all men like to shop, so there will be a place for you guys to relax while your ladies enjoy some of the new products and some of the traditional favorites. There is a section of products just for the men in the family and the kids will have a library to sit and read or watch a “G” rated video while mom shops. There will also be a Storytime on the first Saturday of the month beginning in June.
The Walkers feel they have been very blessed with their lives. They have 6 children, a successful dental practice and have experienced a full-filling life. They have decided to give back to the community. At the end of each year they will take the profits from The Cottage Door Boutique and donate to various women’s charities throughout Houston and Katy.
Congratulations to the Walkers on their new endeavor and may they have continuing success on Ave. B.

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By Tom Behrens

Coach Mike Johnston

The Katy ISD board members in a recent meeting unanimously voted to name the second Katy ISD stadium Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium.
“It’s an honor, not for just myself, but for my family to have our family name attached to a facility,” Coach Johnston said in a recorded interview at the almost completed new stadium. It’s also a tribute to the coaches I had work with me through those years. It’s also for the outstanding players I had at Katy during that time. It’s an honor and a tribute both and overall just a great blessing.”
He said he had no inkling that his name was going to be on the stadium. “I didn’t know anything about it. I had never thought about anything like this happening.”

The Mike Johnston-Katy ISD Connection:

Beginning in 1982, Johnston guided the Katy Tigers program for the next 22 years ending his tenure following the 2003 season and a third State Championship – winning titles also in 1997 and 2001.
When things began, Johnston’s Tigers went a combined 4-26 overall in his first three years. The next 19 years Johnston’s Tigers recorded and overall record of 196-49, 12 District Championships, and three State Championships.
During an extended weather delay a couple years back I had the chance to visit with Coach Johnston in the press box at Rhodes Stadium and listen to him reminisce about his coaching career.
“It was kind of rough those first few years,” Johnston said. “Once we got kids buying into what we were asking them to do and our staff became more established, it all came to fruition. The community was always supportive and of course when you start winning it just excites the community even more. Of course Coach (Gary) Joseph took over and he’s even taken it to another level. It’s a pleasure for me to be indirectly associated with what’s going on.”
Since retiring from Katy High School in 2003, Johnston hasn’t strayed far from the program he helped build into what it is today. During the weekdays, at times, Johnston can be found having a morning coffee with Coach Gary Joseph, watching practice, and then on gameday settling into his seat up in the press box.
The new stadium will seat 2,232 more fans than the current 9,768-seat Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium, which sits right next to it, giving it a maximum capacity of 12,000. Improved roads around the stadium, a 4,000-space parking lot and a $1.8 million video replay board are also some of the amenities to come with the new stadium.
Between Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium and Rhodes Stadium, games will be confined to the evenings only, no more Saturday day games. As Coach Johnston said, the heat coming off the artificial turf can be brutal to both players and fans in the stadium during the day games.
Mike Johnston Field at Legacy Stadium will have more uses than for just football. Drill teams and bands will have a place to showcase their talents at both the games and the different UIL contests throughout the year. Soccer games in 2017-2018 will also have the opportunity to be played in the new facility.
The price tag for the stadium pushed past the $70-million mark in the fall coming, to a total cost of $70.3 million for the facility. Johnston reported in another interview that he was aware of the concern for the overall cost of the stadium.
“When you had to start from scratch, which they did, we had no infrastructure or anything. If you’re going to be competitive, if you’re going to be in the hunt you have to show that you’re supporting what’s going on in your district. I think this is probably a good physical example that our school district supports our kids in competition.”
Where will Coach Johnston be at the start of the 2017 football season?
Of course, Johnston will be in attendance at the football games. “Oh yes, I make the games at Rhodes right now, I don’t miss many games,” Johnston said. “Starting Thursday nights, I’m usually there. If they’re looking for me in the fall, they’ll know where to find me.”

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Brennan Kraut

The Delaney at Parkway Lakes has named Brennan Kraut to serve as Director of Community Relations for the senior living community, which is under construction and scheduled to open later this summer in the Parkway Lakes development in the greater Katy area.
“Brennan brings valuable experience to his role, but his profound sense of social responsibility is what makes him a great fit for The Delaney at Parkway Lakes,” says Kim Parnell, Executive Director.
Parnell explains, “Brennan grew up in South Africa, with a civil rights attorney father and a mother committed to social justice. Couple that with the fact he’d rather spend time with his grandparents than his peers and it is clear Brennan has cultivated a life purpose to serve and advocate for seniors.”
Kraut joins The Delaney at Parkway Lakes with more than 17 years of experience serving seniors and their families in both long term care and hospice care settings. As Director of Community Relations, he will discuss independent living options at The Delaney at Parkway Lakes and assisted living and memory care lifestyle services offered in the on-site neighborhoods of Hamlets at The Delaney.
“Joining the team now, just months from the opening of the community, is really exciting,” says Kraut. “It is such a unique property. Nothing like a traditional retirement community, it’s more like a casually sophisticated home with a contemporary, but comfortable aesthetic. Residents will have all the freedom and privacy they want in a residence that offers all the beauty and modern conveniences of their current home, but with new friends, restaurant-style dining, and so many amenities right outside their door.”
Kraut has assumed his role at The Delaney at Parkway Lakes and may be reached at the community’s Information Center, now open at 22167 Westheimer Parkway, Suite 145, in Katy, Texas. Those interested in learning more may call (832) 945-1800 or e-mail info@TheDelaneyatParkwayLakes.com.
The Delaney at Parkway Lakes is currently under construction and scheduled to open later this year. When complete, The Delaney at Parkway Lakes will showcase 120 private apartment residences designed for those seeking an independent, carefree lifestyle. In addition, the community features Hamlets at The Delaney, neighborhoods comprised of 56 residences for those who need assistance with the activities of daily living as well as 36 studio suites for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias who would benefit from specialized memory care programming. The Delaney at Parkway Lakes is being developed by LCS Development® and will be managed by Life Care Services®, both of which are LCS companies.

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Students who did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit Level will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject tests in June 2017.
Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school need to register online by 5 p.m. (CT), May 26 by accessing the website at www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos. The registration process will be online only and any submissions received after May 26 will not be processed. Those wishing to take the exam can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them. Additionally they should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated start time of 7:30 a.m. A picture identification, such as driver’s license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID or resident alien card must be presented to test.
The 2017 June online TAKS tests will be administered on the following dates:

• June 19, 2017
English Language Art
• June 20, 2017 Mathematics
• June 21, 2017 Science
• June 22, 2017 Social Studies

Katy ISD is offering the June Exit Level retest at Taylor High School located at 20700 Kingsland Blvd. For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 15.5 million American cancer survivors celebrating the 30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day® this year. Also being recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions to, and support of, cancer survivors help make the celebration possible.
“Surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” said Amy Sebastian-Deutsch, director of oncology services. “You will find our Cancer Survivor’s Day event filled with laughter, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, love and music as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage.”
“National Cancer Survivors Day is a great opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family to come together and affirm there can be quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer,” added Clive Shkedy, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology.
Anyone living with a personal history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation®. Additionally, the foundation says that more people are surviving cancer than ever before, thanks to advances in prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care. Cancer, however, does come with many challenges, such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. “Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives with the support of other survivors,” said Shkedy.
Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land welcomes all local cancer survivors and one caregiver to join us as we honor cancer survivors. Entitled Survivors: Let’s Wipeout Cancer, the Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Resource Fair will have a tropical theme and be held Friday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. News anchor, Shern-Min Chow from KHOU 11 will emcee the event and this year’s keynote speaker is LaDonna Gatlin. Born into a “showbiz” family, Gatlin grew up performing with her brothers, the well-known Gatlin Brothers. Her presentation, “Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh!” will combine humor with music. You will also be able to have a tropical photo taken, and gain new knowledge through our resource fair. Recognizing the importance of wellness, you will be invited to participate in physical activity prior to enjoying a healthy Hawaiian style lunch. Feel free to wear a floral shirt, grass skirt or colorful lei. Registration is required. Register online at events.houstonmethodist.org/survivorluncheon-sl or call 281.274.7500.

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Katy Independent School District has again received the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14th year. Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.

Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation honors school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

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More than a thousand faith partners have joined the Department of Family and Protective Services’ faith-based collaboration that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has pushed since last May to encourage more families across the state to open their hearts and homes to a child in need.

These faith partners are involved in a range of activities including establishing foster and adoption ministries, supporting families in crisis, and helping children with tangible needs like beds, food and clothing.

“A thousand faith-based partnerships is a major milestone for this initiative,” said Patrick. “Almost a year ago we called on Texas’ many faith-based communities to help children in need and congregations across the state have responded overwhelmingly to meet these needs. This will make a life-changing difference for children and families across the state.

“As we commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, we know we have more work to do. But the support from our faith-based community is tremendous and I thank you for answering the call to serve children in need,” concluded Patrick.
The lieutenant governor’s office created a special webpage dedicated to this faith-based collaboration to guide potential foster and adoptive parents to information about how they can help. The website also includes information about foster care and adoptions in Texas. To visit the website, go to https://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/adoptions/

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Michaela Filla; Greenscape Associates, LLC; Jeff Haley, Si Environmental, LLC; Joe Freudenberg, OakBend Medical Center; John Kennedy, Texas State Technical College

Want to up your golf short game? Join the Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals Committee as they host Golf Talk on May 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fort Bend Country Club in Richmond, TX. You will have the opportunity to get hands on instruction from immediate past Chairman Jeff Haley, and Chair Elect John Kennedy.

With extensive backgrounds in golf, both Mr. Haley & Mr. Kennedy will provide tips on improving your golf game and will teach you about the basics of golf etiquette. Mr. Haley played golf at the Texas Lutheran University and upon graduating, worked as a Pro at the Houston Country Club for six years, owned Lonestar Golf Academy in College Station for four years and spent five years as a Pro at the Houstonian Golf Club. Mr. Kennedy was a Pro at the Sweetwater Country Club for three years, followed by fourteen years with the Shadow Hawk Golf Club and the Houstonian Golf Club.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals are requesting that a monetary donation be made to the T. W. Davis YMCA located in Richmond. Proceeds will go towards the Annual Campaign Program that provides scholarships to kids within the YMCA’s programs such as youth sports, afterschool care, camp, swimming lessons and more.

Registration is now open and tickets are available at www.CFBCA.org. Tickets include the learning golf clinic, two drink tickets and appetizers. Please contact Adrianne Manrique for more information at amanrique@cfbca.org.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

In 2016, the Panama Canal completed a massive expansion that allows it to accommodate many more of the larger cargo ships navigating today’s global trade routes – and it could mean new economic opportunities for Texas ports.

For Texas to benefit fully from increased ship traffic in the Gulf of Mexico, however, it must expand its ports and their accompanying infrastructure. In this issue of Fiscal Notes, we examine the canal’s expansion and the impact it could have on the Texas economy.

“As the nation’s top exporting state, we have an obvious interest in the Panama Canal’s expansion,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “The canal provides an essential link between Asian economies and the West. To take full advantage, Texas ports are spending billions to deepen channels and widen waterways to accommodate bigger ships.”

In this issue, we also continue our “Inside the Comptroller’s Office” series with a look at the work of our Criminal Investigation Division (CID), whose investigators pursue tax frauds.

Fiscal Notes is available online and also can be received by subscribing via the Comptroller’s website.

Fiscal Notes helps promote and further explain the Comptroller’s constitutional responsibilities to monitor the state’s economy and estimate state government revenues. It has been published since 1975, featuring in-depth analysis concerning state finances and original research by subject-matter experts in the Comptroller’s office.