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Olson Hosts Human Trafficking Focus Group

Photo Caption: L-R Andres Novoa (business owner and community leader), Kelly Litvak (founder of Childproof America), Shirley Leslie (representing Rescue Houston), Olson, & Gail Armatys (representing Traffick911) 

Yesterday, Rep. Pete Olson hosted a human trafficking focus group to further raise awareness of this growing problem and gather community leaders to discuss options to combat it. The group informed Olson about their efforts to combat trafficking in Fort Bend County and helped discuss different avenues for continuing to raise awareness. At least two of the organizations have worked with teenagers (and younger) who were trafficked out of their schools in Fort Bend County. […]

Texas Adds 256,100 Jobs Over the Past Year

AUSTIN ⎯ Texas added an estimated 256,100 seasonally adjusted jobs over the past year. There were overall job decreases of 7,300 in September, due largely to effects from Hurricane Harvey. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.0 percent, down from 4.2 percent in August and remained below the national rate of 4.2 percent. Annual employment growth for Texas was 2.1 percent. “Hurricane Harvey impacted overall job numbers in September, but the dynamic Texas economy […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement in Support of Senate Budget Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement tonight regarding his vote in favor of the Senate budget resolution: “Since day one in the Senate, my focus has been on jobs and economic growth,” Sen. Cruz said. “Fundamental tax reform, including bold, unapologetic tax cuts, is critical to unleashing the American economy, and creating more good-paying jobs for hardworking Americans. Tonight’s vote has laid an important foundation for us to deliver on that promise. While […]

Sen. Cruz Issues Statement On Situation Involving Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government and the Government of Iraq

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today issued the following statement regarding the situation involving the Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government and the Government of Iraq: “Prime Minister Abadi and the Government of Iraq must maintain its focus on defeating the Islamic State, and halt all efforts that contribute to a regional escalation against the Kurdish people. They have demonstrated considerable gallantry in the face of the Islamic State and have more than earned […]

Sen. Cruz and Rep. Ratcliffe Advocate for VA IT Modernization in Dallas Morning News Op-Ed

‘We must and will continue our collective efforts alongside the Trump administration to ensure continued improvement of care for veterans, not just here in Texas, but all across the country’ WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) today penned an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, regarding the VA Information Technology Restructuring Act, which they introduced in both the House and the Senate. The bill establishes that a Chief Information Officer (CIO) […]

Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Waller County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/federal Disaster Recovery Center in the city of Brookshire will close permanently at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away. The center is at the following location: Brookshire Volunteer Fire Department 910 Grisham Rd Brookshire, TX 77423 Individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey and the […]

Help Remains after Disaster Recovery Center Closes in Nueces County

AUSTIN, Texas – A State of Texas/Federal Disaster Recovery Center in the city of Robstown will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. However, help is just a mouse click, phone call or a tap on the FEMA app away. The center is at the following location: Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds 1213 Terry Shamsie Rd Robstown, TX 78380 Individuals and businesses in counties included in the Texas federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Harvey […]

Harvey Survivors Get More Time to Apply for Disaster Assistance

Austin, Texas – Texans in 41 designated counties who suffered damage and losses from Hurricane Harvey now have until Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, to register for disaster assistance. Registration is open to survivors in Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Brazoria, Caldwell, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Tyler, Victoria, […]

Fiscal Notes: Texas Migration — Who’s Coming and Where They’re Going

(AUSTIN) — In the latest issue of Fiscal Notes, released today, the Comptroller’s office examines Texas’ migration patterns and the state’s biosciences and biotechnology economy. Of Texas’ total population growth between 2010 and 2016, migration accounted for almost half of the moves to the Lone Star State. But the migration pattern varies with location: smaller cities received the majority of their new residents from other parts of Texas, and larger cities received most new residents from other […]

Commissioner Ryan Sitton Talks Energy Opportunities at TXOGA Lone Star Energy Forum

Ryan Sitton

THE WOODLANDS – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton today spoke to members of the energy industry, elected officials and academics at the Texas Oil and Gas Association’s Lone Star Energy Forum. The conference explored the growing demand for Texas energy in world markets. “Nations around the world are now looking to Texas to fill their energy needs for things like transportation fuels, heating, cooking and electricity generation,” Sitton said. “Texas produces 41 percent more energy […]