12:24 pm CST - April 15, 2014
Posted under Quotes
In race for Ways & Means Committee chairmanship, Texas Congressman says its ‘Time for America to jettison our too costly, too complex, and too unfair Tax Code.”
Texas Insider Report: CONROE, Texas –
“Why should filing taxes take the same number of hours as all the workers at Wal-Mart, McDonalds and Target will work this year combined?” asked U.S. Congressman Kevin Brady, a senior member of the House Ways & Means Committee earlier today.
“That’s crazy. Most American taxpayers don’t want to spend hours upon hours organizing forms and receipts just to pay their taxes. They’d rather spend that time playing ball with their kids or starting a small business.”
April 15th is both a boom day for the U.S. Treasury, and the single most hated day of the year for American families.
– Cong. Brady looks at a few key reasons why. Continue Reading.
Comptroller Distributes $555 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – “The growth in sales tax revenues was led by business spending in the oil & natural gas, wholesale trade, and construction sectors,” said Texas Comptroller Susan Combs today, announcing that state sales tax revenue in March was $2.09 billion, up 5.6% compared to March 2013. “This marks 48 consecutive months of growth in state sales tax collections.” Read More
The 20,000+ small-to-midsize firms average 15 employees, helps us all.
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – For all the coverage America’s energy boom has gotten, there are still a lot of common assumptions about the oil and natural gas business that are flat out wrong. That’s why is is important to unbundle three myths about the boom. Read More
‘These aren’t rape kits that need to be tested. These are lives that need to be given back to their owners.’
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) spoke today on the Senate floor on the need for the Senate to immediately pass legislation from the House of Representatives to help eliminate the rape-kit backlog, while continuing to work towards reauthorizing the broader Justice for All Act.
Excerpts of his remarks are below. His full speech can be seen here. Read More
House Passes Path to Prosperity Budget
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed H. Con. Res. 96, the House Republican fiscal year 2015 budget. Following passage of this most recent “Path to Prosperity” budget, Congressman Bill Flores issued the following statement: Read More
Let’s modernize and make permanent the R&D tax credit
Texas Insider Report: WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Kevin Brady, a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee, introduced this week the American Research Competitiveness Act of 2014, which would simplify and strengthen the U.S. R&D tax credit. Read More
President’s languishing approval ratings point to different mid-term strategies for each party.
By Charlie Cook
The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza created something of a stir recently with his column headlined, “2014 Senate races may be a referendum on Obama; if so, Democrats should worry.” For Republican candidates and campaigns, it will be ‘shame on them’ if they allow the focus to be put on themselves, rather than on Obama and his administration’s policies. Read More
Texas Insider Report: HOUSTON, Texas – Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst helped Data Foundry, the Texas-based data center operator, break ground Thursday at a ceremony for Houston 2, the company’s newest data center in north Houston. “From their humble beginnings as one of the first Internet Service Providers in Texas, Data Foundry has grown by leaps and bounds, attracting investment and creating jobs as they help people connect. Today, we’re marking yet another expansion of a state economy that is the envy of America.” Read More
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the STAR + PLUS Facility Advisory Committee for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Pursuant to Senate Bill 7 of the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, the committee advises the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on the implementation of the transfer of nursing facility services to the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care model. Read More
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – (San Antonio) — This morning, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) helped welcome the Wall That Heals for a four-day stay in San Antonio.
The Wall that Heals is an exhibition created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States. Read More
Deadline To Apply is Friday, May 16, 2014; 11:59 pm
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas - The Texas Hospitality Association has announced a scholarship contest in order to combat underage drinking and promote alcohol responsibility. And Texas State Representative Roberto R. Alonzo of Dallas urges all qualified applicants to apply for any of the four scholarships to be awarded: 1st Place ($5,000), 2nd Place ($2,500), 3rd Place ($1,500) and 4th Place ($1,000), respectively. Read More
11:49 am CST - April 11, 2014
Posted under Opinion
By James Freeman CONNECT - The Wall Street Journal
It’s been quite a year for the outgoing HHS secretary. And now she won’t get to keep her health plan.
Kathleen Sebelius, who has presided over the disastrous rollout of the Affordable Care Act, is expected to resign as Secretary of Health and Human Services. The news comes less than two weeks after she told the Huffington Post that she would “absolutely” stay in office through November. A Journal editorial notes that her departure “before the election reckoning” is “best understood as one more attempt to dodge political responsibility.” Continue Reading.
11:19 am CST - April 11, 2014
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By Michelle Malkin
Zeituni Onyango, President Obama’s illegal alien aunt, died this week of cancer and other complications. I hope she rests in peace. America, however, should be up in arms.
Auntie Zeituni is an enduring symbol of all that is wrong with this country’s immigration “policy” — or rather, its complete lack of a coherent, enforceable system of laws and rules that puts the national interest first. She was a beneficiary of the welfare state run amok, enabled by bipartisan fecklessness. To the bitter end, she bit the hand that fed her with predictable ingratitude and metastatic entitlement. Continue Reading.
11:16 am CST - April 11, 2014
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By Thomas Sowell
Black journalist Chuck Stone was one of those people whose passing makes us think, “We shall not see his like again.”
He was passionately interested in racial issues but he was never a race hustler. He followed nobody’s party line but called the issues as he saw them. Continue Reading.
11:26 am CST - April 15, 2014
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