Ed Sterling

Hegar transfers excess revenue into rainy day, highway funds

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 25 announced the transfer of $3.33 billion into the State Highway Fund and into the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund. Each fund received more than $1.66 billion, or 50% of the total transfer. The transfer amounts are based on crude oil and natural gas production tax revenues in excess […]

State’s chief election officer works to head off election misinformation

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Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs announced ahead of the 2020 primary and general elections that her office will join fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State in #TrustedInfo2020, a social mediabased education effort to prevent misinformation. Hughs encouraged Texans to look to their state and local elections officials as the trusted sources of election information. “The […]

Federal funds to assist county in buying out flood-prone properties

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Land Commissioner George P. Bush on Nov. 14 announced the Texas General Land Office’s approval of $21,155,575 in Hurricane Harvey funds for Fort Bend County to conduct a buyout program. In the late summer of 2017, record-heavy rainfall brought by Hurricane Harvey catastrophically flooded streets and homes. Fort Bend County will use the funds to conduct a buyout program targeting […]

Voters approve 9 of 10 proposed constitutional amendments

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Voters rejected only one of 10 proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution in the statewide election held Nov. 5. The House and Senate, in the 86th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature that ended in May, approved the propositions for voters to decide. Results are as follows: Prop. 1, permitting a person to hold more than one office as a […]

Voters to decide on proposed amendments to state constitution

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The state’s 10-day early voting period ran from Oct. 21 to Nov. 1 with Election Day on Nov. 5. On the ballot are 10 proposed constitutional amendments, special elections and local political subdivision elections, including those for mayor, city council, school board, municipal utility districts and other local entities. Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, the state’s chief election officer, encouraged […]

Governor issues disaster declaration for storm-stricken counties

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After severe weather struck north and east Texas on Oct. 20, Gov. Greg Abbott issued a disaster declaration naming a list of counties in that region. Among the counties named are: Cass, Collin, Dallas, Ellis, Erath, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Panola, Rains, Rockwall, Rusk, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wood. “By issuing this declaration, Texas is providing local officials with the resources […]

Terrorism prevention programs across Texas to receive funding

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Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 15 announced $61.2 million in Homeland Security Grant Program funding to support state and local efforts to prevent terrorism and prepare for threats that pose the greatest risk to the security of Texans. The awards, released primarily to cities and counties across Texas, include 264 projects under the State Homeland Security Program and 136 projects […]

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 […]


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