Rosa Parks Memorial Parkway

Today, I joined community leaders to celebrate the opening of the much-anticipated SH 360 South expansion and to dedicate the Rosa Parks Memorial Parkway. This road has been a long time coming and I am honored to have been a part of the effort for several years.   When I first took office in 2009, I held several town hall meetings where I heard from constituents about the need to extend the main lanes of the highway south of Sublett/Camp Wisdom to keep up with southeast Tarrant Cou

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HHSC Strikes (Out) Again

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is the largest state agency in Texas and one of the largest in the entire nation. The state’s current two-year budget totals $217 billion; 

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Trump’s Favorites

In the early 1990s, after it was apparent that the Superconducting Super Collider wasn’t going anywhere and the federal government was not inclined to reimburse Texas for our initial $150 million+ investment in the project, then-Governor Ann Richards traveled to the White House to pay President Bill Clinton a visit. Richards confidant Shelton Smith, an attorney the governor had dispatched to Washington to oversee all things related to the Super Collider, recounted this story in Jan Reid’s book, 

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The Census

Last week, the Trump Administration announced it will add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, a question that has been absent from the survey for 70 years. The census, mandated by the Constitution to occur every ten years, determines the number of congressional seats each state gets. The information also guides federal spending based on population and need. If immigrants – and family members of immigrants – feel threatened and don't participate in the Census, already under-represent

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Texas’ Credit Rating

Last week, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar raised concerns about the future of our state's AAA-credit rating to members of the Senate's budget writing committee. During the hearing, Hegar said, "I am actually very concerned...that in the very near future, if we don’t find creative ways to address these very real pressur

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