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ICYMI: Governor Abbott: Texas Is Tech Mecca Of America

Tech jobs are flowing to Texas as businesses flee California's high taxes, burdensome regulations and unaffordable housing. During SXSW Interactive, Austin is the undisputed capital of digital and tech; it's also the nation's top city for tech job growth, creative job growth and startups year-round.

Texas housing demand, development remains high while household income growth stalls

Texas housing demand and new home development remained high last year, while median household income for Texas homebuyers decreased slightly, according to the Annual Texas Homebuyers and Sellers Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®.

Texas Asks Court to Halt Imposition of Drastic Regional Haze Regulations

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced the state has requested a stay preventing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from imposing draconian new regulations until after a Texas lawsuit challenging the new rules is decided in court. Texas filed suit against the EPA in February after it rejected Texas’ 7-year-old proposed revision to its State Implementation Plan (SIP) for reducing regional haze


Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) introduced legislation today to rein in the power of federal administrative agencies and to ensure that unelected bureaucrats don’t have the ability to effectively create laws.

Division of Workers’ Compensation Offers Educational Seminar for Medical Office Staff

The Division of Workers’ Compensation and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin Small Business Development Center (UTPB-SBDC) are offering an educational seminar, Texas Workers’ Compensation 101 for Medical Office Staff, at the UTPB-SBDC, CEED Building, FM 1788 and Hwy 191 in Midland, Texas on April 5, 2016. The seminar will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee is $50.00 per person and includes a continental breakfast and lunch

Texas Border Counties to Receive Critical New Border Infrastructure Funding

Federal funding for three border infrastructure projects in the 23rd Congressional District of Texas was approved today by the Texas Transportation Commission. The following counties and projects will receive Coordinated Border Infrastructure (CBI) funding

Texas Attorney General Reaches $470 Million Joint State-Federal Settlement with HSBC to Address Mortgage...

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a $470 million joint state-federal settlement with mortgage lender and servicer HSBC to address mortgage origination, servicing and foreclosure abuses. The settlement provides direct payments to Texas borrowers for past foreclosure abuses; loan modifications and other relief for borrowers in need of assistance; institutes rigorous mortgage servicing standards, and grants oversight authority to an independent monitor


Senators Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) joined Representative John R. Carter (R-TX-31) in his fight to close a loophole in the current law regarding unaccompanied minors entering the U.S. illegally by filing companion legislation in the Senate. The Protection of Children Act of 2015 (H.R. 1149/S. 2561) will ensure all unaccompanied children who enter the U.S. illegally are processed and safely returned to their home country as soon as possible. Under the current law, Central American children entering the U.S. illegally end up trapped in government red tape instead of being processed by U.S. Customs and returned safely to their home country.

Smith Urges Court to Block EPA Power Plant Regs

Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Lamar Smith today joined over 200 colleagues in both the House and Senate to file an amicus brief supporting petitions filed by 27 states seeking to overturn the EPA’s Clean Power Plan.

Sen. Cruz Joins More Than 200 Members of Congress in Filing Amicus Brief to...

Sen. Cruz (R-Texas) along with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and House Energy and Power Subcommittee Chairman Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.), filed an amicus brief in State of West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, a case currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Operating Results

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (Bank) today reported net income of $14.7 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2015. In comparison, for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, the Bank reported net income of $5.6 million. For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Bank reported net income of $67.2 million, as compared to $48.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2014

20 More Days of Dove Hunting Tops Slate of Proposed Regulation Changes

Texas dove hunters would get an additional 20 days this fall under proposed changes to the 2016-17 Statewide Hunting Proclamation for Migratory Game Birds up for public comment.

Burgess Introduces Bill to Promote American Free Market Innovation

Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, today introduced legislation that would foster free market-driven innovation and technological advances. The Energy Efficiency Free Market Act of 2016 (H.R. 4504) would strike all government-mandated energy efficiency standards currently required on a variety of consumer products found in millions of American homes

Congressman Cuellar Secures Additional Funding for Border Water, Conservation Projects

Congressman Cuellar (D-TX-28) announced that he had secured an additional $10 million federal funding for environmental programs along the U.S.-Mexico border. These grant programs, which received funding under the recently passed omnibus appropriations bill, will help improve the environment, drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, all of which are important to conservation efforts and communities along our border and across the nation.

Commissioner Mattax Appoints Six to Texas FAIR Plan Governing Committee

Commissioner of Insurance David Mattax recently made six appointments to the Fair Access to Insurance Requirements (FAIR) Plan Governing Committee. The FAIR plan provides residential property insurance in underserved areas where it’s not readily available through the private market.

Texas Association of REALTORS® announces annual real estate award winners

Celebrating a year of accomplishments, the Texas Association of REALTORS® recognized its outstanding members and local Realtor associations on February 8 during its annual Texas REALTORS® Winter Meeting at the Hyatt Regency in Austin.


Rep. John R. Carter (R-TX-31) introduced the Resist Executive Amnesty on Defense Installations (READI) Act which will prohibit any illegal alien from being housed on our military installations. The Obama Administration is planning to force several military bases to house illegal immigrant minors rather than face the facts and reverse the President’s misguided and broken immigration policies. This bill will ensure no military installation will be required to house any illegal immigrant

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Proposes Major Investments Including the Purchase of IRS...

U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced significant new investments that are a part of the President’s proposed fiscal year 2017 budget request. The proposed budget is focused on tackling our nation's greatest challenges by making smart investments in federal infrastructure in Austin, Texas, including the purchase of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Annex Building and improvements to the Austin Finance Center.

Flores Statement on Supreme Court’s Stay of Clean Power Plan

U.S. Representative Bill Flores (R-Texas) released the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court issuing a stay on the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan

Texas District Court Rules MERS has Constitutional Rights to Notice of Lawsuit

MERSCORP Holdings, Inc. today announced that the Dallas County District Court, 101st Judicial District, issued a final judgment in MERS’ favor recognizing MERS’ right, as beneficiary, to notice of a lawsuit under the United States and Texas Constitutions.


Texas condominium sales up, townhome sales down during first half of...

Condominium sales in Texas’s major metro areas increased and townhome sales fell in the first half of 2016, according to the Texas Condominium Mid-Year Sales Report. Released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®, the report shows that condominium sales in Texas’ four largest markets have seen increasing demand over townhomes and single-family homes among young professionals and retirees. This is the first time in the report’s history that condo and townhome statistics have been reported separately.


Grant Awarded for West Texas Infrastructure Project

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) approved grant funding this week to repair the Presidio International Rail Bridge and South Orient Railroad, which extends from Presidio to San Angelo. With this funding, Presidio can continue serve as a pillar of Texas trade, benefitting both the border region and the State’s economy. U.S. Representative Will Hurd (R-Texas) championed this initiative to TxDOT and local officials to ensure the line’s rehabilitation and improved operations, and safety.