Author: East Texas Review

Gratified Senate Is Taking Up $89.3 Billion in Disaster Relief

Senate Version of Disaster Relief Legislation Increases Total Funding by $8 Billion, Improves Texas’ share, Includes Key Provision for Texas Cotton Farmers   U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) today released the following statements after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced the Senate will soon consider revised disaster relief legislation that includes $8 billion in more funding available for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts than the version that passed the U.S. House of Representatives in December:    “While Texans have begun the rebuilding process in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, our state is still in need...

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Cornyn Urges Support for Senate Disaster Relief Bill

‘I’m pleased, though, to announce the bill we’ll be voting on provides significant funding for disaster relief efforts around the country, and I applaud the House for taking the first step in December. And I appreciate Governor Abbott of Texas, as well as the Senate Appropriations Committee for working with us to help us strengthen the House bill.’   ‘It’s simply been unacceptable to see the delay in getting the relief that they need to them. But now we have the chance to stand up finally in a bipartisan fashion and to show them not only that we remember what they’ve been through, but that more help is on the way.’   Today on the Senate floor, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) urged his colleagues to support the budget agreement announced by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), which will include funding for disaster relief, including Hurricane Harvey. Excerpts of Sen. Cornyn’s remarks are below.   “I can’t describe adequately the outpouring of support we got from the President on down, through neighbors helping neighbors following Hurricane Harvey and its devastating impact on my state.”   “The House passed an $81 billion relief package at the end of last year, and here we are a couple of months later before we actually are acting on this disaster relief package. It’s long overdue. I’m pleased, though, to announce the bill...

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Comptroller Glenn Hegar Distributes Nearly $912 Million in Monthly Sales Tax Revenue to Local Governments

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today he will send cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $911.9 million in local sales tax allocations for February, 6.2 percent more than in February 2017. These allocations are based on sales made in December by businesses that report tax monthly; October, November and December sales by quarterly filers; and 2017 sales by businesses that report tax annually. LOCAL SALES TAX ALLOCATIONS (Feb. 2018) Recipient Feb. 2018 Allocations Change from Feb. 2017 Year-to-date Change Cities    $592.9M ↑5.1% ↑6.5% Counties $53.7M ↑12.4% ↑13.5% Transit Systems $203.5M ↑5.0% ↑6.5% Special Purpose Taxing Districts...

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Smith County Road Bond Projects Planned

Smith County Engineer Frank Davis has plans for several road bond projects to be done in the next couple of months. During Commissioners Court  Davis gave the second monthly report on the progress of the $39.5 million bond approved by voters in November. Four roads in the Bullard area are pegged for reconstruction and overlay in February. They include County Roads 113, 119, 121, and 152. Last week, Smith County Road and Bridge employees began working on the first road bond project — to overlay CR 119. The county crews ground the existing pavement, reshaped and compacted the material...

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