Category Archives: State & National News

Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Suggestion To Tackle Pension Issue

Comptroller Glenn Hegar’s Suggestion To Tackle Pension Issue

 

pension

Conservatives in the Texas Legislature opposed to tapping the state’s rainy day fund to make ends meet in a tight budget have argued that a high balance in the savings account is necessary to protect Texas’ sterling credit ratings.

But for Comptroller Glenn Hegar, the biggest threat to the state’s credit is a $33.5 billion and growing liability to the two major state pension systems – and the best way to solve that problem down the road might be to use money from the rainy day fund, which is the largest of its kind in the country.

“Long-term balance sheet issues don’t need to be resolved today, and ironically that’s one of the reasons they tend to get pushed a little bit further and a little bit further,” said Hegar, adding that as the “CFO of Texas” it’s his responsibility to sound the alarm about the growing pension problem.

As lawmakers jostle over whether to tap the rainy day fund this year, Hegar is pitching an ambitious restructuring of the fund that could change the debate in future years.

Excerpt by: Sean Collins Walsh – American-Statesman Staff

Full Article: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/comptroller-glenn-hegar-reform-rainy-day-fund-tackle-pension-issue/z8I1N8bMu3BeNms1bulziI/

 

Senate Bill Proposes Police Officer Interaction be included in 9th Grade Education Curriculum

Senate Bill Proposes Police Officer Interaction be included in 9th Grade Education Curriculum

On December 7, 2016, Houston Senator John Whitmire filed Bill 273 in congress. Bill 273 calls for the inclusion of instruction regarding police officers in the required curriculum for ninth grade public school students. The required course would teach students their own rights and responsibilities, plus police duties. The goal of this bill is toContinue Reading

NAACP & PARTNERS STANDING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AGAINST NEW THREATS

NAACP & PARTNERS STANDING FOR CIVIL RIGHTS AGAINST NEW THREATS

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has joined with six other leading civil rights organizations to issue the following statement in response to the 2016 Presidential and Congressional election: “As civil rights leaders working for racial justice and economic opportunity, we join much of the nation in our apprehension about theContinue Reading

Free Wills Clinic presented by HLA

Free Wills Clinic presented by HLA

The Houston Lawyers association will host a free Wills Clinic Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, 3100 Cleburne, Houston, TX  9:00am – 1:00pm Call for more information.  Individuals wanting to reserve an appointment with a volunteer MUST contact E. Rena Felton:  832-736-2386 If you have question about a will, volunteer attorneysContinue Reading

Let’s Fix Our Broken Harris County Bail System

Let’s Fix Our Broken Harris County Bail System

NAACP Houston Branch ~ Texas Civil Rights Project Press Statement ~ September 21, 2016 Let’s Fix Our Broken Harris County Bail System Good Morning and thank you for joining us today as we call awareness on a very important issue that is disproportionately impacting poor and minority communities in Houston/Harris County. The NAACP Houston BranchContinue Reading

National Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day

As we come closer to this important election, the NAACP Youth and College Division is partnering with organizations across the country to register voters on National Voter Registration Day, September 27, 2016. National Voter Registration Day was first started for the 2012 presidential election. It has now become an annual holiday and celebration when thousands ofContinue Reading

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Refuses to Fulfill Their Constitutional Duty

U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Refuses to Fulfill Their Constitutional Duty

  On March 16, 2016, President Obama just nominated Judge Merrick Garland to the U.S. Supreme Court. But Senate Republican leaders say they won’t hold hearings or even meet with him to determine whether he is a qualified and suitable appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court; even though many of them supported him in theContinue Reading

Amid complaints, STAAR testing faces revamp

Amid complaints, STAAR testing faces revamp

Since the STAAR rolled out in 2012, the percentage of Texas students who have passed the test has remained relatively flat, even as passing standards haven’t substantially changed. In 2015, between 64 percent and 78 percent of third- through eighth-graders statewide passed all subjects, with differences of only a few points from the year before. Although passingContinue Reading

U.S. Presidential Primary Election Information

U.S. Presidential Primary Election Information

The 2016 U.S. general election will be held on Tuesday, the 8th of November 2016. This election year will feature competitive Presidential Election, and elections to the United States Congress. The entire US House of Representatives – all 435 members are up for re-election this year. There will also be municipal, school board, gubernatorial, andContinue Reading

Skip to toolbar