Author: East Texas Review

Cornyn Urges Democrats to Join Tax Reform Effort

‘This is really about restoring the American Dream, making sure that we are a prosperous country and that the blessings of prosperity get handed down to future generations. This is our one chance to do that, and we intend to get it done.’ ‘We are going to be looking for every occasion to welcome our Democratic friends to help us because a bipartisan bill would be a better bill.’   U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) appeared on Fox News’ Happening Now to discuss the Republican tax reform framework and the President’s speech today. Excerpts from his appearance are below. “Everybody in the Senate, particularly on our side of the aisle, recognizes how important this is to the President but, more importantly, how important it is to the country.” “Most importantly, perhaps, of all, is this is about letting people who earn money keep more of what they earn. It will enhance their standard of living because they’ll have more money they can save, or spend on education, or on a vacation, buy a new car, make a house payment. This is about lowering everybody’s tax burden and getting the economy growing again.” “If you start looking at the plan, you realize that everybody will see their tax burden reduced, and everybody will benefit as employers can hire more people and wages improve as well. This is really about restoring...

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Conservative State Rep. Jay Dean announces for re-election

Following the completion of a successful circuit of town hall meetings and legislative updates throughout the community, Republican State Representative Jay Dean today announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, House District 7. The district covers Gregg and Upshur Counties. “Since the end of session, I’ve had the opportunity to visit with a lot of my neighbors and I was encouraged by their support of the positions I fought for during session, like pushing back against illegal immigration and achieving several key pro-life victories,” said Dean. “As a rapidly growing state, we face new...

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Unclaimed property

Texas Comptroller announces record $281 Million in unclaimed property returns The Texas Comptroller’s office returned a record $281 million in unclaimed property to its rightful owners during the past fiscal year, Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced today. The total breaks the previous record of $270 million returned in fiscal 2016 and marks the fifth consecutive record-breaking year. “Each year we make a commitment to reunite unclaimed property with its rightful owners, and this record underlines that commitment,” Hegar said. “I encourage all Texans to visit ClaimItTexas.org to see if the state is holding some of their unclaimed property.” The Comptroller’s...

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Texas Key to America’s Energy Security

Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton talked with members of the Association of Desk and Derrick Clubs – a nonprofit professional development organization for those in the energy industry – about the far-reaching impact of Texas’ natural resources. “Texas is the key to America’s energy security,” Sitton said. “In this new energy paradigm, foreign nations are increasingly looking less to OPEC and more to Texas for crude oil, natural gas and other hydrocarbons. Nowhere on Earth is there a more dynamic place to produce energy – we not only have the resources but also the pipelines; ports and regulatory environment...

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AG Paxton: Texas Reaches $2 Million Settlement with Fraudulent Lead Generation Company

Attorney General Ken Paxton announced that Texas secured an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) with LowerMyBills, a lead generation company that misled consumers toward Credit Alliance Group (CAG), which falsely advertised its accreditation and debt management process. This AVC secured $2 million in restitution for eligible consumers. The attorney general’s office sued CAG in 2013 for defrauding customers out of millions of dollars entrusted to settle their debts, and for providing debt management services unauthorized by the Texas Office of Consumer Credit Commissioner, actions that cost hundreds of consumers thousands of dollars in losses. CAG claimed it would eliminate...

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