Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced his agency will operate a newly created Broadband Development Office. The BDO will award grants, low-interest loans and other financial incentives to internet service providers who expand access to broadband service in underserved areas. Greg Conte has been selected to serve as BDO director. […]
Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced state sales tax revenue totaled $3.39 billion in July, 13.5% more than in July 2020. The majority of July sales tax revenue is based on sales made in June and remitted to the agency in July. Year-over-year increases for most tax revenues continue to be […]
The House and Senate GOP Caucuses held a joint press conference on August 3 to discuss the 87th First Special Session Agenda.
This report is intended to give you an overview and highlight of the discussions on the various topics taken up. It is not a verbatim transcript of the discussions […]
The Public Utility Commission of Texas held an open meeting on July 29. The Commission took up a number of items on the topics of water, communications, and electric. The PUC also took up a number of general matters. A recording of this meeting and its agenda can be found […]
Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-38) combining several existing COVID-19 executive orders to promote statewide uniformity and certainty in the state’s COVID-19 response.
Abbott’s EO ordered the following on a statewide basis effective immediately:
To ensure the continued availability of timely information about COVID- 19 testing and hospital […]
Until the House has quorum they will continue to gavel in for the “call of the House” and distribute slips for members present to leave and return. After they gavel in, they will stand at ease for a time certain each day, since recessing is not in order during a […]
Media reports have noted the U.S. Census Bureau could further delay the release of redistricting data used for drawing congressional and legislative districts. The redistricting data is currently set to be sent to states on August 16. That could be postponed by as much as six additional months if […]
With PreK enrollment down dramatically last year in Grand Prairie ISD as well as across the state, Mary Jane Bowman, Executive Director of Literacy, PreK Programs, Dyslexia Services and Academic Interventions, felt a sense of urgency about getting the word out to families of 3- and 4-year-olds. As the district […]
All students’ learning has been impacted by the pandemic but for the youngest children, their entire schooling experience has been interrupted the last two years. Many 5- to 7-year-olds will be in a formal instructional classroom setting for the first time this coming fall, while-8 year-olds entering third grade will […]