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AG Paxton Leads 14-State Coalition in Amicus Brief Defending the First Amendment Rights of Arlene’s Flowers 

Ken Paxton

AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today led a 14-state coalition in filing an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court defending the First Amendment rights of Washington floral design artist Barronelle Stutzman. The Washington State Supreme Court ruled that Stutzman must provide a custom floral arrangement for a same-sex wedding, even though it violated Stutzman’s deeply-held religious belief that marriage is between a man and a woman. The Washington State Supreme Court maintained […]

Sen. Cruz Joins Dallas’ Jon-David Wells on ‘The Wells Report’

Senator Ted Cruz

Discusses efforts to lower health insurance premiums and simplify the tax code ADDISON, Texas – Yesterday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) visited Mary Kay Inc. in Addison, Texas, where he discussed his efforts to create more good paying jobs for hardworking Texans. During his travels across the state, Sen. Cruz spoke with Jon-David Wells on 660 AM The Answer’s ‘The Wells Report,’ and discussed his priorities for Texas, including lowering health insurance premiums, and simplifying […]

Commissioner Ryan Sitton Recognizes Impact of Mexico on Texas’ Energy Economy

SAN ANTONIO – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton discussed the importance of Mexico to the success of the Texas energy economy during a panel hosted by the Asociación de Empresarios Mexicanos (AEM) on Aug. 21. The panel, entitled “Energy: A Connecting Sector Between Texas and Mexico,” brought together Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos as moderator; Mexico Energy Regulatory Commissioner Guillermo Garcia Alcocer; ERCOT CEO & President Bill Magness; and Commissioner Sitton. “We have an incredible […]

Craddick: Expanding Offshore Energy Exploration Critical to Texas, U.S. Energy Security

AUSTIN – Railroad Commission Chairman Christi Craddick today urged the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) to include all 26 Outer Continental Shelf planning areas in the development of a new five-year National Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program (National OCS Program) for 2019-2024. “U.S. federal waters contain approximately 148 billion barrels of oil equivalent in undiscovered resources, which is enough energy to meet the nation’s oil and natural gas needs for […]

Commissioner Ryan Sitton Says Offshore Energy Development is Key to Global Energy Dominance

Ryan Sitton

CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton stressed the importance of energy exploration, leasing and development in the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) in a letter to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). As an energy regulator in the No. 1 energy-producing state, Sitton urged the BOEM to include all 26 OCS planning areas in the 2019-2024 Outer Continental Shelf Oil & Gas (OCS) Leasing Program. Whereas the U.S. was at an enormous disadvantage […]

AG Paxton Appeals Redistricting Ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court and Seeks Stay of  District Court Order

AUSTIN – Attorney General Ken Paxton today initiated an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over the recent redistricting ruling by filing a notice of appeal with the U.S. District Court in San Antonio. A panel of the district court decided that two of Texas’ 36 Congressional districts (27 and 35) are unlawful. This ruling effectively prevents Texas from using the same court-adopted maps in 2018 that it has used in each of the last […]

DPS Reminds Drivers to Help Keep Children Safe As New School Year Begins

AUSTIN – As we embark on the new school year, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) cautions Texans to watch for children who are walking to and from school or waiting for buses. Drivers should be especially alert and careful around school buses – which make frequent stops – and always follow traffic laws regarding school buses and school zones. The start of the school year also generates an increase in overall traffic in […]

Commissioner Ryan Sitton Announces Letter of Support for Ship Channel Improvement Project

CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton announced his letter urging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize the Corpus Christi Ship Channel Improvement Project at a press conference on Aug. 16. The project, which will deepen the 36-mile ship channel to 52 feet (MLT) Mean Low Tide from the current 45 feet MLT, is critically important to the people of Texas, America’s energy industry and the nation’s economic and national security. Furthermore, […]

Texas Water Development Board today approved financial assistance totaling $12,605,000 for water and wastewater system projects

AUSTIN – (August 17, 2017) – The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) today approved financial assistance totaling $12,605,000 for water and wastewater systems. Of this funding, $3,105,000 was designated for rural projects. ·    $9.5 million to the San Antonio River Authority (Bexar County) for a new wastewater treatment plant ·    $455,000 to the City of Booker (Lipscomb and Ochiltree counties) for water system improvements ·    $1.9 million to the D&M Water Supply Corporation (Nacogdoches County) […]

Standard and Poor’s and Fitch Ratings reaffirm “AAA” rating for SWIRFT 2017 bonds

AUSTIN – (August 17, 2017) – Standard and Poor’s (S&P) and Fitch Ratings have both reaffirmed “AAA” ratings for the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) upcoming bond issuance from the State Water Implementation Revenue Fund for Texas (SWIRFT). “AAA” is the highest assigned rating, resulting in a lower cost of funds that will allow the TWDB to continue to pass on cost savings to its customers. “SWIRFT’s ‘AAA’ ratings once again demonstrate the solid fiscal […]