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Texas Senate's 1st State Budget Proposal Includes $15 Billion in Property Tax Cuts

In the first Budget Bill filed by incoming Senate Finance Chair and Houston Senator Joan Huffman, homeowners could see a $70,000 Homestead Exemption for the taxable value on their homes, up from the current $40,000. Though just a first draft, "We have an obligation to the people of Texas to continue our state's incredible trajectory to keep Texas as the best place to live, work, and raise a family," said Huffman.

01.30.2023
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Operation Lone Star Deploys Hi-Tech Assets to Stop 356+ Million Lethal Doses of Fentanyl

Continuing to fill the gaps left by Joe Biden's refusal to secure the border, updated Operation Lone Star figures now show the multi-agency effort has led to over 345,000 illegal immigrant apprehensions, and more than 24,000 criminal arrests – including over 21,000 felony charges. DPS has seized an unbelievable 356+ million lethal doses of fentanyl during the mission, which would have otherwise made their way into communities across Texas.

01.30.2023
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Pax­ton Warns Con­sumers: Beware of Scam­mers in After­math of Severe Weather Storms

Following a series of flooding, winter freezes and other natural disasters, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is alerting Texans to be cautious of scammers who try to take advantage of consumers in the wake of recent severe weather. The personal, emotional, and financial hardship of dealing with severe weather can be devastating, and can be compounded as Texans try to rebuild.

01.30.2023
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Cruz & Fellow Senators Introduce Legislation to Stop Biden's Sale of U.S. Oil Reserves to China

“The Strategic Petroleum Reserve was intended to ensure America had sufficient stockpiles of oil. Instead, Joe Biden sold oil to the Chinese Communist Party when it was stockpiling oil for its own strategic use," said Sen. Ted Cruz earlier today, introducing the "Protecting America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve from China Act" to prohibit the sale of the U.S.'s vital reserves to any company under CCP control, or exports from the SPR to China.

01.27.2023
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State Rep. Harrison’s 'Texas Title 42 Act' Gains Backing of Gov. Abbott

“Governor Abbott's exactly right to call for the Texas Legislature to pass a 'Texas Title 42 Act.'  Texas must use every tool available to save America from the crisis that's ravaging the border and threatening our national security with over 250,000 illegal crossings last month alone," said Rep. Brian Harrison, after Gov. Greg Abbott earlier today called for passage of Harrison's recently introduced HB 1491, called the "Texas Title 42 Act".

01.27.2023
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Gov. Abbott Signs Historic Texas-U.S. Military Infrastructure, State-Federal Partnership

“I’m proud to sign the largest S-IGSA between a state and the U.S. military. Texas will always support the brave men and women who serve in our military, and together we will continue to help these heroes serve and protect the greatest nation in the history of the world. We're ensuring infrastructure projects at our bases are built faster, and more efficiently,” said Gov. Abbott while signing the historic 10-year agreement. 

01.26.2023
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Sen. Cruz Leads Push for Education Freedom, Introduces Bills During 'School Choice Week'

“School choice is the Civil-Rights issue of the 21st Century, and every single child deserves access to an excellent education – regardless of race, ethnicity, wealth or zip code. That's why I’m once again introducing legislation to dramatically expand education freedom by creating $100 billion in Federal Tax Credits and scholarships. If passed, it would be the most consequential federal education legislation since the G.I. Bill," said Cruz.

01.26.2023
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Cong. Williams: After Biden Drains Strategic Petroleum Reserve to Bail Out "Green New Deal" Agenda, House Republicans Responded

For over two years now, President Biden has waged war on American Energy... from canceling critical pipelines, to regulating endless permitting delays, taxpayers have seen energy prices skyrocket due to these anti-energy policies. And now – in order to bail out his radical "Green New Deal" agenda – he's depleted our Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This week, House Republicans fought back.

01.26.2023
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ARRINGTON: ​​​​​​​Pro-Growth Policies Can Avert a Fiscal Crisis

"Our debt currently sits above $31 trillion — a figure that's incomprehensible to most people. To put it in perspective, the debt is equivalent to almost $100,000 per person – and will nearly double over the next generation. To avoid a crisis, Congress will not only need uncommon fiscal courage, but commonsense economic policies that encourage work and grows our GDP," says the new chairman of the House Budget Committee.

01.24.2023
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CRENSHAW: The Mexican Cartels Are at War with Us – It’s Time We Directly Target Them

Last week I introduced legislation to Authorize the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Mexican Cartels facilitating our Southern Border Crisis. I also signed onto Articles of Impeachment for Homeland Security Sect. Mayorkas. The cartels are at war with us – poisoning 80,000+ Americans with fentanyl each year, creating a crisis at our border, and turning Mexico into a failed narco-state. It’s time we directly target them.

01.24.2023
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Gov. Abbott Announces Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program & New Application Categories

“While direct travel spending in Texas is recovering faster than national averages, we continue supporting Texas businesses as they grow and expand. All eligible tourism-related businesses in Texas are strongly encouraged to apply for this grant program," said Gov. Abbott of the Texas Travel Industry Recovery Grant Program that will provide one-time grants of up to $20,000 for recovery of Texas businesses impacted by the pandemic.

01.24.2023
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Cong. Pfluger Secures 2nd Term on House Homeland Security Committee

As Republicans on the House's Homeland Security Committee worked to expose the atrocities of President Biden’s border crisis last year, I served as Ranking Member on the Counter-Terrorism Subcommittee and led the effort to expose the shocking number of known and suspected terrorists entering our country under his watch. And, I plan to keep holding this White House accountable for the crisis.

01.24.2023
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Lt. Gov. Patrick Announces 2023 Texas Senate Committee Appointments

"This is the strongest, best equipped group of senators in Texas history. They are proven leaders with the expertise and experience needed to keep Texas moving in the right direction. That includes the most outstanding freshman class we have ever had," said Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, following today's announcement of his Texas Senate Committee appointments for the already-underway 2023 Legislative Session.

01.23.2023
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Cong. McCaul: Big Plans for the New Congress

"In one of my first acts as chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, I sent a letter to (Joe Biden's) Secretary of State Antony Blinken, demanding more information on President Biden's withdrawal from Afghanistan — an unmitigated disaster of epic proportions. American citizens and our Afghan allies deserve answers, and I'm going to ensure they get them," said McCaul.

01.23.2023
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After Vote Recommending Creation of Performance Credit Mechanism, TXOGA Speaks Out

"We acknowledge the Commissioners’ comments to maintain competition and innovation in the solutions, but concerns remain regarding shifting risk away from generators and toward consumers as the Performance Credit Mechanism (PCM) model is crafted and continues to evolve," said Todd Staples, President of the TXOGA Texas Oil & Gas Association,

01.23.2023
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Texas Hits New Historic High, as Total Jobs Increase for 14th Month In a Row

“We live in a state of infinite possibilities, and in the Legislative Session ahead we will continue working together to keep Texas the land of opportunity," said Gov. Greg Abbott, as the Texas Workforce Commission announced figures for December again surpassed the all-time record for total jobs for the 14th consecutive month. Employers added 29,500 nonfarm jobs in December, and total jobs in Texas hit a record 13,705,500 at year end.

01.20.2023
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Texas Adds 29,500 Jobs in December, Hitting Record Highs as Unemployment Rate Drops

In December 2022, Texas added 29,500 positions, reaching a total of 13,705,500 nonfarm jobs in Texas and marking a 14th consecutive record employment high in Texas. "Texas remains the best place to do business thanks to the success and resilience of Texas' employers. From lowering taxes to supporting programs that meet the needs of businesses, TWC is here to help," said Texas Workforce Commissioner Aaron Demerson.

01.20.2023
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Oil & Gas Jobs in Texas Continue Growth in December to Close Out 2022

Data released by the Texas Workforce Commission indicates that upstream oil and gas employment in Texas continues to grow, with the sector adding 1,300 jobs in December. In 2022, upstream oil and gas saw significant increases in hiring with the job count growing by 36,100 jobs for the year.

01.20.2023
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Harrison Files Texas Bill to Require Immediate Title 42 Expulsions at Border

“As HHS Chief of Staff in 2020, I helped coordinate Title 42 to protect Americans at the border. If Biden's going to force America to exist under a COVID Public Health Emergency that he can no longer justify – along with vaccine mandates – and at the same time open the entire southern border to human traffickers, cartels, and millions of unscreened illegal aliens, then Texas should use every tool available to fight back," said State Rep. Brian Harrison.

01.20.2023
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Cong. Roger Williams: The U.S. Is In an Urgent Debt Limit Crisis   

With President Biden in office and Democrats in control of Congress, federal spending increased an astounding $10 trillion – resulting in disasters like rampant inflation and increased cost of goods or services, to a decrease in real wages and interest rate hikes that're projected to increase through the rest of 2023. ​​​​​​​Republicans in the new House majority are ready to curb the wasteful spending and turn things around.

01.19.2023
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01.30.2023

TEXAS INSIDER ON YOUTUBE

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01.30.2023
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01.27.2023
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