Governmental Affairs Articles and Information

Better Care Reconciliation Act: Bye-Bye Tax

Senate Republicans released a draft of their health care reform bill. There a lot that’s good in the “Better Care Reconciliation Act.” For starters, it eliminates the employer mandate, a provision that’s kept many small businesses from hiring workers. The bill also...

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Driving Another Decade of Energy Progress

Over the last decade, America’s energy landscape has changed dramatically. Our nation has gone from energy scarcity and heavy reliance on foreign—and sometimes hostile—sources for fuel to energy abundance and exporting American resources around the world. Ten years...

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Texas Sanctuary Cities: What Are They?

The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday waded into Texas' legal battles over so-called sanctuary cities, filing a statement in federal court in support of the state's recently passed ban. “The Department of Justice fully supports Texas’s effort and is participating...

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The Effects: California’s Travel Ban on Texas

California state employees can no longer use taxpayer dollars to travel to Texas because of a new Texas law the Golden State says discriminates against LGBT people who want to adopt — creating a potential new headache for the state’s tourism and travel industry. The...

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Texans Can’t Decide on a Travel Ban

Texas Republicans in Congress cheered Monday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling partially lifting injunctions against President Donald Trump's revised travel ban. Texas Democrats said the ruling sends the wrong message, even as they held out hope that the high court will...

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Kerrville Reuse Water Update

The city’s reuse water pond project is running on budget and on time, according to the city of Kerrville representatives, who expect it to be ready to service irrigation customers by next spring. A planned discussion of the project drew about 100 citizens to the...

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Medium Sized Companies Thriving On Trump Economy

Mid-sized companies continue to like the Trump economy. The second quarter Middle Market Index (MMBI), a partnership of RSM US and the U.S. Chamber, hit a new high of 132.1, up 2.3 points since the first quarter. A score above 100 means the middle market is...

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Stuck on the GOP Budget

If Republicans can't pass a budget, forget about a major overhaul of the nation's tax code — at least if they want a GOP-only approach with President Donald Trump that would avoid Democratic delaying tactics. Congressional Republicans are struggling to first figure...

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Overview: Governor Abbott’s 6 Vetos

On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott broke out his veto stamp to nix a total of 50 bills, more than he did last session, and more than any governor has done since former Gov. Rick Perry, who vetoed 56 bills in 2007. Abbott cited a number of reasons for rejecting the work of...

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