This week the Texas House passed an important bill that protects infants who survive abortion procedures, ensuring they receive the same care given to any other child born in a hospital. HB 16 creates causes of action for the surviving child or their parent / legal guardian to pursue against a physician who fails to provide appropriate medical treatment to the child. It creates a similar cause of action for the Texas Attorney General to pursue against the physician on behalf of the state. Along with outlining strong protections to ensure the women who seek the abortion are shielded from liability in accordance with state law, it establishes a reporting mechanism so a person who has knowledge of a physician’s failure to provide appropriate medical care can be reported to the Office of the Attorney General. HB 16 is a strong stance to defend life in Texas.
HB 1313 – Targeted Property Tax Relief
This week I laid out HB 1313 in the House Committee on Ways & Means. HB 1313 is one of several bills I have filed that would provide targeted tax relief for Texans and is a priority issue for me.
The Sixteenth Amendment, ratified in 1913, played a central role in building up the powerful American federal government of the twentieth century by making it possible to enact a modern, nationwide income tax. Before long, the income tax would become by far the federal government’s largest source of revenue. This Amendment was part of a wave of federal and state constitutional amendments championed by Progressives in the early twentieth century. The Amendment reversed an 1895 Supreme Court decision that had made a nationwide income tax effectively impossible by invoking what today seems an arcane distinction between “direct” and “indirect” taxes.
Incumbent presidents tend to have a “built-in advantage” of 5 to 6 percentage points in the popular vote, according to the Goldman chief economist Jan Hatzius and his team.
A stronger economy under Trump administration is also adding to his edge headed into the 2020 election, Goldman says.
Trump could still win the re-election fight even with a negative net approval rating.
President Donald Trump
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A second term for President Donald Trump is more likely than not, according to Goldman Sachs economists who analyzed the setup for the 2020 election.
Incumbent presidents tend to have a “built-in advantage” of 5 to 6 percentage points in the popular vote, according to the bank’s chief economist, Jan Hatzius. A stronger economy under the Trump administration is also adding to his edge headed into the 2020 election, which Goldman predicts to be a “close call” leaning in favor of the incumbent.
The Obama administration’s Community Eligibility Provision is providing meals—breakfast as well as lunch—to kids from middle- and upper-income families. (Photo: Tetra Images/Getty Images)
The National School Lunch Program has changed dramatically since it began in 1946. What started as a grant program to help poor students and those with special needs has morphed into a massive entitlement offering meals to 30 million students every year—equivalent to nearly 55% of all children enrolled in public and private schools.
And the bigger the program got, the more wasteful it became. The Office of Management and Budget now classifies the school lunch program as a “high-error” program due to large losses from incorrect payments each year—nearly $800 million in fiscal year 2018 alone.
Two major public sector unions lost nearly 210,000 agency fee payers combined in 2018, according to recently filed reports showing the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court decision that prohibits forcing nonmembers to pay for collective bargaining and other nonpolitical expenses.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees saw a 98 percent drop from the prior year, leaving 2,200 agency fee payers. The Service Employees International Union lost 94 percent of their agency fee payers, reducing the number of agency fee payers to 5,800.
It turns out that the “Texas Plan,” as the school finance reform legislation has been billed, will continue to allow taxes and Robin Hood payments to climb.
The Texas House is preparing to vote on legislation on Wednesday that will increase your property taxes.Yes, you read that correctly— increase your property taxes.
Despite making grandiose promises to provide real tax relief and meaningful reform, lawmakers plan to vote on a proposal Wednesday that will permit property tax burdens to continue swelling after a momentary two-year reprieve.
Many of you are familiar with a couple of congressional seats that were picked up by Muslim women and the first Muslim state attorney general put into office in Minnesota. What you may not realize is just how many political offices were filled by electing Muslims in 2018. Even more concerning is the high percentage of Muslims voting and their openness to promote the fact that they want to “change” our culture and society.
First, the information comes from JETPAC, which stands for Justice Education Technology Political Advocacy Center. According to their Mission Statement:
Something-for-nothing socialist rhetoric has a strong appeal. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., won a seat in Congress by promising free health care for all, free college tuition, and something called climate justice. (Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images)
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., won a seat in Congress by promising free health care for all, free college tuition, and something called climate justice. According to her Green New Deal, climate justice includes a government-guaranteed “basic income” for everyone, including all those “unwilling to work.”