The Texas economy is doing very well compared to the rest of
the country and, as state lawmakers begin the 20-13 session of the Texas
legislature, the task of creating the budget for the State of Texas for the
next two years begins as well.
legislature meets every two years and during the last session, the recession
was in full gear and state revenues were down, leading to a drastic cut in
state services impacting education, roads, state parks among others.
But now, just the opposite situation is at
hand it while many communities and individual Texans expect a return to looser
purse strings that may not be the case.
Special interests groups will be circling to try to gain even more
influence and I fear that some lawmakers will fall prey to their influence.
One reason is that we have the least
experienced state house in four decades so there are a load of freshman
legislators. Several are from right
there in East Texas. And I am certain that they would love to hear from us,
their constituents than they would special interests groups.
We have links to those representing us in
Austin on our website, KLTV.com, under the community tab. And while Governor Perry has his sights set
on lowering taxes, you can still be that there will be a lot of money up for
grabs so reach out to your representative and let them know what is important
to you. It will keep them focused and
make for a Better East Texas.
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:11 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:11:25 GMT
Cherokee County authorities are investigating a fatal house fire Friday night. It happened just before 7:30 on County Road 3302 outside of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville Fire Department, Cherokee CountyMore >>
Happened just outside of Jacksonville on Friday night.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:21 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:21:23 GMT
From the Tyler Police Department:At approximately 5:20Pm on May 24, 2013, Tyler Police were notified of the motorcycle accident at Grande and Sutherland. The driver of a black Ford F-150 was heading east onMore >>
Rider was not wearing a helmet when she collided with a truck.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 9:59 PM EDT2013-05-25 01:59:21 GMT
A Tyler ISD bus driver was arrested Friday afternoon on drug charges.Ronald Gain, 44, of Tyler, was arrested by the Tyler Police Department on one charge of possession of a controlled substance. TylerMore >>
Has worked for the district since August of 2012.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:35 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:35:23 GMT
We have a follow-up on a World War II veteran's headstone found on a bank of the Sabine River. Today, the Kilgore Cemetery administrator found out that Virgil Green was buried in the historical portionMore >>
Today, the Kilgore Cemetery administrator found out that Virgil Green was buried in the historical portion of Danville Cemetery.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:20 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:20:39 GMT
Fire crews have closed a street in north Tyler as they fight an apartment fire. Several crews are on the scene at an apartment complex in the 700 block of South Kennedy Avenue. The fire started aroundMore >>
Fire crews closed a street in north Tyler as they battled an apartment fire.More >>