State taxes make up almost half of Texas’ revenue, with major taxes currently generating $50 billion annually. So that taxpayers and legislators can better understand the major taxes, the Comptroller’s office has published A Field Guide to the Taxes of Texas (available for download below). It’s a graphic-rich look at the history and rates of the taxes, estimates of future revenue and allocations.
The tablet-friendly design links to in-depth state financial publications, offers an overview of the budget process and outlines the basics of local taxes. Readers can:
>Learn how major taxes have contributed to state revenue during the past 10 years
>See on one page the future revenue estimates, exemption forecasts and tax allocations
>Connect to other in-depth resources about state taxes and finances
This is just one of the many reports the Comptroller’s office publishes to assist state government planning and decision-making, and to account for state spending to Texas taxpayers.
Yes, you read that correctly. While 94 percent of Republican primary voters on the May 2012 ballot supported stronger limitations on the growth of government, Kevin Eltife joined the Democrats in opposing legislation to do just that.
After reviewing eyewitness accounts of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress summarized events in an address to the citizens of Great Britain:
“By the clearest depositions… it will appear, that, on the night preceding the 19th of April… a body of the king’s troops, under command of colonel Smith, were secretly landed at Cambridge, with an apparent design to take or destroy the military and other stores, provided for the defense of this colony… at Concord[.] …the town of Lexington… was alarmed, and a company of the inhabitants mustered on the occasion[.] …the regular troops, on their way to Concord, marched into… Lexington, and… on their approach, [the inhabitants] began to disperse[.] …the regulars [however] rushed on with great violence, and… continued their fire until those of the said company, who were neither killed nor wounded, had made their escape[.] …colonel Smith, with the detachment, then marched to Concord, where a number of provincials [Minute Men] were again fired on by the troops… before any of the provincials fired on them; and that these hostile measures of the troops produced an engagement that lasted through the day…
To give a particular account of the ravages of the troops, as they retreated from Concord to Charles Town, would be very difficult, if not impracticable; let it suffice to say, that a great number of the houses on the road were plundered, and rendered unfit for use; several were burnt; women in child-bed were driven by the soldiery naked into the streets; old men, peaceably in their houses, were shot dead, and such scenes exhibited, as would disgrace the annals of the most uncivilized nations.”Massachusetts Provincial Congress, To the Inhabitants of Great Britain, April 26, 1775
“… it being of the greatest importance, that an early, true, and authentic account of this inhuman proceeding should be known to you, the congress of this colony… think it proper to address you on this alarming occasion.” Massachusetts Provincial Congress, To the Inhabitants of Great Britain, April 26, 1775
“… the Battle of Lexington on the 19th of April, changed the Instruments of Warfare from the Pen to the Sword.” John Adams, Autobiography, Part 1, (April 1775)
Editor’s Note: Both chambers are in recess until Monday, April 13.
Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution – Adoption – Vote Agreed to (52-46, 2 Not Voting)
The Senate passed adopted the concurrent resolution that would set broad spending and revenue targets over the next 10 years. It would allow $523 billion for defense discretionary spending and $493.5 billion for non-defense spending in fiscal 2016, the statutory level set by the 2011 budget law.
Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO Sen. John Cornyn voted YES
Recent House Votes
Ukraine Military Assistance ? Passage – Vote Passed (348-48, 36 Not Voting)
The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution stating that the House of Representatives “strongly urges” the president to fully and immediately exercise authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons systems in order to enhance the ability of the Ukrainian people to defend their sovereign territory from the “unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation.”
The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to annually submit to Congress a future-years veterans program with its budget request. The program would reflect estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations for that fiscal year and succeeding four fiscal years, and would include a five-year plan for the department to meet its commitment to veterans, including the resources needed to do so.
As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to release its biennial voter turnout report, America Goes to the Polls 2014, based on final data certified by state election offices. The report ranks voter turnout in all 50 states to look at major factors underlying voter participation in this historically low-turnout election.
While just 36.6% of eligible citizens voted, the lowest in a midterm since World War II, turnout varied widely across states by as much as 30 percentage points. Maine led the nation with 58.5% turnout among eligible voters, follow by Wisconsin at 56.8%, and Colorado at 54.5%. Nevada, Tennessee, New York, Texas and Indiana made up the bottom five all with less than 30% of their eligible voters participating.
If you think this is not a local problem…think again.
DID YOU KNOW…
Child sex trafficking is a big business for criminals in the U.S., generating more than $9.5 billion a year, and according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), more than 300,000 minors annually are victimized by human trafficking.
CITY OF LONGVIEW ELECTION INFORMATION The May 9 General Election will include Mayor, City Council Districts 1 and 2 & City Council District 5 (for Unexpired Term)
ELECTION DAY: Saturday, May 9, 2015
EARLY VOTING: Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, May 2 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 4 – Tuesday, May 5 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. All early voting is conducted in the lobby of City Hall located at 300 W. Cotton St.
ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS: District 1: Pine Tree Community Center, 1701 Pine Tree Road District 2: Stamper Park Resource Center, 502 S. Center Street District 3: Broughton Recreation Center, 801 S. M.L. King Blvd. District 4: Forest Park Magnet School Library, 1644 N. Eastman Rd. District 5: 3101 Spring Hill Rd. – Spring Hill School, L.L.Williamson Auditorium Lobby Auditorium is located around the corner on Spring Hill Cut-Off Rd. District 6: 300 W. Cotton St. – City Hall Lobby
Polling locations are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on date of election.
CITY OF LONGVIEW CANDIDATES (Please note: Filing deadline is February 27th – below are candidates that have filed to date.)
(Longview, TX) A general election for City of Longview Mayor and City Council Districts 1 and 2 and special election for the unexpired term of District 5 will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Candidates may file an application for a place on the ballot for Mayor and District 1 and 2 between January 28 and February 27.
ELECTION DAY, SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015
EARLY VOTING: APRIL 27 – MAY 5, 2015
Occupation: Minister of the Gospel/Small Business Entrepreneur/Airhandler/Eng. Tech/Educator/Contractor
Mailing Address: 2109 S. Eastman, Longview 75602
Phone: 713-447-8795 READ BIO HERE…
CANDIDATE INFO FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1
Mailing Address: 707 Willowood Street, Longview, TX 75604
Home: 903-297-5695 www.edmoorelongview.com
Following in the footsteps of officials in other states, lawmakers in Texas introduced legislation that would prohibit some state and local government participation in the deeply controversial United Nations “sustainability” scheme known as Agenda 21. With bills targeting the UN program introduced in both houses of the legislature and outrage about Agenda 21 still growing across Texas and the nation, activists and lawmakers are hopeful that the state will succeed in protecting property rights, self-government, and economic freedom from the Obama administration-backed UN scheme. However, elements of the establishment media and UN-loving forces in Texas and beyond have already made clear that they intend to fight back.
The anti-Agenda 21 legislation, filed last week by Republican State Representative Molly White in the House and GOP State Senator Bob Hall in the Senate as S.B. 445, take aim at state and local government funding to UN-linked organizations involved in imposing the planetary scheme. “A governmental entity may not enter into an agreement or contract with, accept money from, or grant money or other financial aid to a nongovernmental or intergovernmental organization accredited by the United Nations to implement a policy that originated in the Agenda 21 plan adopted by members of the United Nations at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in June 1992,” the bill explains. CONTINUE READING…