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Comptroller releases 2020-2021 estimate of state revenue

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State budget writers likely will have more funds to meet the needs of Texas in the near term, based on information released Oct. 10 by the comptroller’s office. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said revenue available for general spending in 2020-21 is expected to total about $121.76 billion, up 9.6 percent from the 2018-19 biennium. This revenue would support the $118.86 […]

Chief election officer encourages Texans to register before deadline



Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs invited eligible Texans to celebrate and participate in National Voter Registration Day — the fourth Tuesday in September — by ensuring they are registered to vote before the Oct. 7 registration deadline. Hughs, the state’s chief election officer, issued a final call to action to voters, community leaders and elected officials to encourage their […]

Governor declares disaster in Imelda-affected counties

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 19 declared a state of disaster in counties impacted by Tropical Storm Imelda, which first hit the upper Texas Gulf Coast on Sept. 15. Counties listed in the declaration include Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Orange and San Jacinto. The declaration ensures that local officials have access to any […]

Report provides details on what can be done to prevent shootings



Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 12 released the Texas Safety Action Report, a document that details what Texas and Texans are doing to prevent mass shootings. The report elaborates on executive orders Abbott issued a week earlier to coordinate state and local expertise and resources and “identify any shortcomings in our current systems and explore ways to prevent these horrific […]

Executive orders address deadly mass shootings

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 5 issued eight executive orders in hopes of preventing further mass shootings. Abbott’s orders came days after seven people were killed and 25 injured in multiple shootings by a lone gunman along thoroughfares connecting the cities of Odessa and Midland on Aug. 31. The suspect fired at law enforcement officers and civilians, including while driving […]

Report details progress in school safety

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The Texas School Safety Update, a report highlighting progress made to keep students and teachers safe at school, was released by Gov. Greg Abbott on Aug. 27. The report gives Texans an update on efforts by the governor’s office, the Legislature and state agencies toward implementing recommendations made in the School Safety Action Plan released on May 30, 2018 and […]

Cyber attack hits cities

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The Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) on Aug. 20 announced that 22 local governmental entities across Texas were victims of an Aug. 16 “ransomware attack.” The department said evidence points to a “single threat actor.” A host of state and federal agencies are investigating the attack. State of Texas systems and networks were not impacted, according to the DIR. […]

TEA releases ratings

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The Texas Education Agency on Aug. 9 released preliminary financial accountability ratings for more than 1,100 school districts and charters across the state. According to the agency, 87 percent earned the highest preliminary rating possible for 2018-2019. A school district or openenrollment charter is assigned one of four possible letter grades — A, B, C or F — and a […]

Officials meet to discuss public safety following deadly shooting

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Following the Aug. 3 shooting that claimed the lives of 22 people and injured 24 others at a popular El Paso shopping venue, Gov. Greg Abbott and a group of officials met in the border city to discuss ways to address violence. Joined by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen, state Sen. Jose Rodriguez, and area state Reps. […]

Abbott, Patrick react after 22 die in deadly shooting

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A fter a gunman was arrested in the killing of 20 people and wounding 26 others at a popular shopping venue in El Paso on Aug. 3, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick offered thoughts and prayers. Abbott ordered flags lowered in memory of those who lost their lives and said flags should remain at halfstaff through sunset […]


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