Author: East Texas Review

East Texas’ Energy Impact

 By Kelly Hall  Across Texas, our oil and natural gas industry fuels our local and state economies, generating jobs and providing tax revenue for everything from roads to schools.  And, that’s especially true right here in East Texas. That’s why the Longview Chamber of Commerce is a proud partner for Texas Energy Day on March 22nd – a day intended to remind all Texans and our state lawmakers about the role of oil and natural gas in our daily lives and our state and local economy.  Here in Longview, we’re an energy epicenter in some very real and remarkable...

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Prayer Room at Public High School Raises First Amendment Concerns

In a recent letter  to the superintendent of the Frisco Independent School District, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s office outlines legal concerns over Liberty High School’s prayer room, which may violate the First Amendment’s protection of religious liberty.   Recent news reports have indicated that the high school’s prayer room is dedicated to students who practice Islam, while apparently excluding students of other faiths. “Liberty High School’s policy should be neutral toward religion,” reads the letter from Deputy Attorney General Andrew Leonie to Frisco ISD Superintendent Jeremy Lyon. “However, it appears that students are being treated different based on...

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Counting the Costs of Texas Health Care

The cost of health care in Texas is rising faster than both the general inflation rate and the growth of the state’s population. In fiscal 2015, Texas state government spent $42.9 billion on health care services, or 43.1 percent of all its appropriations from state, federal and other sources. The March issue of Fiscal Notes looks at a recent report issued by the Texas Comptroller’s office, Texas Health Care Spending Report: Fiscal 2015, which examines and quantifies health care spending by 68 state agencies and higher education institutions in a recent five-year period. “Emerging technologies, demographics and the growth...

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Covering their assets, local officials bash property tax relief

By Kenric Ward  /   March 15, 2017 If tweets were votes, property tax relief would be dead at the Texas Legislature and Texans would be saddled with even bigger bills. City and county officials paraded before the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday to bash Senate Bill 2 like a sad piñata. Reducing increases in property tax revenues to 4 percent annually spells fiscal disaster, they warned. Online, special-interest groups filled the Twittersphere with sob stories, scary scenarios and misdirection plays: “The cost of recording open meetings is up 199.7 percent since 2011” – Texas Association of Counties. “SAPD Chief...

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Illegal Synthetic Drugs Are Dangerous

Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced a new initiative by the Consumer Protection Division (CPD) of his office to educate parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and others on the dangers of illegal synthetic drugs. These illicit substances have become a growing threat to health and public safety in Texas, particularly among children and young adults.   The attorney general’s office has launched a special area on its agency website, providing Texans with the information and resources they need to become fully informed about synthetic drugs at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/initiatives/synthetics. A section with answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about synthetic drugs can...

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