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Sen. Cruz Accepts National Federation of Independent Business’ Guardian of Small Business Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this week accepted the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business award. “Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and create hundreds of thousands of good paying jobs for hardworking men and women,” Sen. Cruz said. “NFIB works tirelessly on behalf of small businesses owners, and I’m honored to receive this award. My top priority in the Senate continues to be jobs and economic […]

Texas Comptroller in Waco for Good for Texas Tour: Women in the Workforce Edition 

(WACO) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar visited Waco today as part of his Good for Texas Tour to highlight women in the Texas workforce and their important impact on the Texas economy. Hegar is celebrating the work of Lisa Zoellner, chief strategy and marketing officer of Neighborly. Founded in 1981 as Dwyer Group, Neighborly is a holding company for 21 service-based franchise organizations focused on repairing, maintaining and enhancing customers’ homes and businesses. It is part of the […]

Sen. Cruz: ‘We’ll Rebuild Together Because That’s Who Texans Are’

Surveys flood damage in Burnet and Llano County, urges Texans to heed warnings from local officials WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Wednesday received a briefing from Burnet and Llano County officials on flood recovery efforts and surveyed communities in Central Texas recently affected by flooding. He was joined by local officials, including Burnet County Judge James Oakley, Llano County Judge Mary Cunningham, Rep. Roger Williams (R-Texas), state Sen. Dawn Buckingham (R-Texas), and state […]

FEMA website consolidates resources for governments, nonprofits, survivors

Hurricane Harvey Recovery Portal highlights information about grants, housing and training AUSTIN, Texas — Texas communities will find a wide range of support at FEMA’s centralized online resource for governments, nonprofits and Hurricane Harvey survivors working on their long-term recovery. With a new look, expanded resources and greater accessibility, the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Portal provides round-the-clock access to valuable materials for nonprofits and local, state, federal and tribal governments. “We want to make it easy for […]

Commissioner Christian Hosts 86th Legislature Energy Summit

AUSTIN -, Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian, on Monday, hosted the 86th Legislature Energy Summit — a day long educational forum featuring in-depth discussion and analysis on critical issues facing the energy sector in Texas. The Summit was held at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and kicked off with a panel discussion on ‘Energy and its Impact on Texas’ featuring Railroad Commission (RRC) Executive Director Wei Wang, Senator Bryan Hughes (R – Mineola), and moderator, Texas Oil […]

Fiscal Notes: Long-Term Obligations and the Texas Legacy Fund 

(AUSTIN) — In the September/October special edition of Fiscal Notes, released today, the Comptroller’s office continues its efforts to highlight the causes, costs and consequences of certain long-term financial obligations the state faces and offers a proposal to help meet these expenses by investing the state’s savings more strategically. This is the first in a series of special editions of Fiscal Notes prepared by the Comptroller’s office that examines issues state lawmakers are expected to face when they return […]

AG Paxton Joins Multistate Brief Defending Arizona’s Law Keeping Taxpayer Money  from Firms that Boycott Israel 

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton and his counterparts from eight other states filed a friend-of-the-court brief defending an Arizona law that prohibits state-funded contractors from boycotting Israel. Texas enacted a similar law in response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, whose political goal is to change policy toward Israel. In their brief, the multistate coalition asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to temporarily lift a lower court’s preliminary […]

Sens. Cruz, Cornyn, Reps. Hurd, Cuellar, Smith Push San Antonio for New NAFTA Signing Ceremony

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas), Henry Cuellar (D-Texas), and Lamar Smith (R-Texas) today sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert Lighthizer urging him to consider San Antonio as the location for the signing ceremony for the updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), now called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). “Given the prominent role that the City of San Antonio played in […]

Railroad Commission of Texas Announces New Director of Government Relations

Jeremy Mazur

AUSTIN – The Railroad Commission of Texas today announced Jeremy Mazur joins the agency as the Director of Government Relations, effective Oct. 15, 2018. Mazur most recently served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director in the Office of Texas Sen. Van Taylor. “We’re extremely fortunate to have someone with Jeremy’s experience and expertise in state government join our team,” said RRC Executive Director Wei Wang. “Jeremy has served our state for nearly two […]

               Discover Texas Freedom Colonies And Their Untold Stories In Your Area

The stories of more than 500 Texas communities established by freed African-Americans after the abolition of slavery are waiting to be told, many for the first time, as the result of years of research by Texas A&M University urban planning professor Andrea Roberts. With Black History Month quickly approaching, you can find the freedom colonies nearest you on an interactive map located on the Texas Freedom Colonies Project website and begin telling the stories of these all-black, self-sufficient settlements. “History, […]