Yearly Archives: 2015

Attorney General Paxton Tours North Texas Tornado Damage

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today joined U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, state Sen. Bob Hall, Rockwall County Judge David Sweet and Rowlett Mayor Todd Gottel in touring areas of North Texas damaged by the recent tornadoes and storms. The officials also received a briefing on the impact and visited with victims.

TDI Offers Consumers Help After Recent Storms

Consumers who suffered property damage as a result of the recent severe weather should contact their insurance companies as soon as possible to begin the claims process. Homeowners insurance generally covers losses from wind and hail. If you’re having trouble reaching your company, TDI can help. Call the TDI Consumer Help Line at 1-800-252-3439. Insurance specialists are available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer your insurance questions and to help you with company contact information

Commissioner Miller Awards $750,000 to Grow Jobs in Ennis

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) has awarded $750,000 to the city of Ennis for water, sewer, natural gas and street infrastructure improvements through the Texas Capital Fund (TCF). The award will support the creation of a plastic materials manufacturing facility operated by Sterilite Corp. and 40 new full-time jobs.

CARTER TELLS OBAMA “NO” TO HOUSING ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AT FORT HOOD

Representatives John R. Carter (R-TX-31) sent a letter to President Obama, and the Secretaries of Defense, Health and Human Services and Homeland Security urging the Obama Administration not to provide temporary housing for unaccompanied alien children (UACs) at any U.S. military installation, including Fort Hood.

CASTRO ANNOUNCES $2.7 MILLION FOR JOB TRAINING IN SAN ANTONIO

Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20) today announced $2.7 million in federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support job training and poverty reduction in San Antonio. The San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) will receive the funding through HUD’s Jobs Plus Pilot program.

Governor Abbott Announces GM Financial Expansion In San Antonio

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that GM Financial will expand operations in Texas by building a financial servicing center in San Antonio, Texas. This project is expected to create at least 490 jobs and at least $20 million in capital investment in the State of Texas. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant offer of $2.5 million has been extended to GM Financial

Public Fishing Access Areas Open Again on the Guadalupe River

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has signed temporary leased access agreements with four Guadalupe River property owners to expand public fishing access to the trout fishery downstream of Canyon Lake

A Victory for All American Private Property Owners

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) published the following op-ed in the Wichita Falls Times Record News on their Red River Private Property Protection Act, which passed the House of Representatives last week

Renters with Storm Damage May Apply for Disaster Assistance

Renters displaced from their homes or apartments by the October storms may be eligible for federal disaster assistance, which may include grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Sen. Cruz: Keeping America Safe at Home and Strong Abroad

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today delivered an address focused on national security policy at The Heritage Foundation. In this policy rollout, Sen. Cruz detailed strategic points to keep our country safe at home and strong abroad, while protecting Americans’ liberty.

Commissioner Miller’s Remarks at the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs

Chairman Perry and members, good morning. I’m Sid Miller, Commissioner of Agriculture. I have been invited here to testify on proposed changes to the Texas Department of Agriculture’s fee structure. Mr. Chairman, I have prepared testimony for the committee and I also have staff from TDA with me to assist with any questions you may have

Bill to protect Red River landowners from Obama Administration passes House

The “Red River Private Property Protection Act,” H.R. 2130, introduced by U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon), today passed the House of Representatives. The bill, which passed by a vote of 253-177, would provide legal certainty to landowners by ending any questions about the federal government's ownership of disputed land along the Red River.

CARTER VOTES TO PROTECT TEXANS’ PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

Rep. John R. Carter voted to protect Texans’ private property rights by supporting the Red River Private Property Protection Act. This bill protects the private property of landowners along the Red River from federal ownership and management claims and requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to renounce their claim to the land and conduct a survey to determine ownership of the contested land

House Passes Legislation to Protect Private Property Rights

the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2130, the “Red River Private Property Protection Act” by a vote of 253-177. The Committee passed the legislation in September. Chairman Rob Bishop (R-UT) commented upon passage

James Cain Joins Kennedy Wilson in Austin

Jim Rosten, president of Property Services at global real estate investment and services company Kennedy Wilson, has announced the appointment of James Cain, who joins the company’s property management division as a regional director.

Marchant Votes to Block President’s Clean Power Plan

The House today passed S.J. Res 23 and S.J. Res 24, two bills that would block harmful Obama Administration regulations on energy producers. Specifically, the bills utilize the Congressional Review Act to prohibit the administration from issuing the same or substantively similar regulations without legislation from Congress.

All segments of Texas housing market show strong gains in 2015

Texas real estate made a strong showing in all segments of the housing market in 2015 due to continued growth in the state’s economy, jobs, and population, according to the 2015 Texas Annual Housing Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS

‘PTC Elimination Act’ Reaches 50 Cosponsors

The PTC Elimination Act this week received its 50th cosponsor. The bill, authored by U.S. Congressmen Kenny Marchant (TX-24) and Mike Pompeo (KS-04), would make the tax code simpler, fairer and more competitive through a phase-out and repeal of the renewable energy Production Tax Credit, or PTC.

Congressman Cuellar Hosts Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart at World Trade Bridge

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX-28) and the city of Laredo welcomed Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL-25) for a tour of the World Trade Bridge as well as the Laredo airport and other parts of the city.

Hunt Mortgage Group Provides Bridge Financing for a Multifamily Property Located in Houston, TX

“The purpose of this loan is to provide bridge financing so the borrower can refinance the maturing existing loan, and then complete a property renovation to achieve operational upside before obtaining a new permanent loan,” explained Vic Clark, Managing Director at Hunt Mortgage Group.”

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How to Prevent Accidents and Injuries at the Workplace

According to a study published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry in the past year.