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Lawmakers sobered by budget reality as details on impact emerge
Austin American-Statesman    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Texas lawmakers got a first look at the state budget in the harsh glare of daylight, and some were surprised by what they found. State Rep. Jim Keffer, R-Eastland, fumed that Ranger College in his district was one of four community colleges that had been eliminated as part of the $156 billion bare-bones proposal released to legislators. "We have shown for the first time a closure of community colleges. To me, that is the height of irresponsibility," Keffer said. "You have put the four of us already on the defensive." But state Rep. Jim Pitts, the chief architect of the budget, said he was forced to make countless hard choices to close a huge two-year budget hole without raising taxes or using the $9.4 billion rainy day fund. More

Texas legislator: Budget cuts 'draconian'
Abilene Reporter-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
North Texas state legislators got their first look at a proposed budget from the Legislative Budget Board. Rep. Lanham Lyne, R-Wichita Falls, said at first glance, budget cuts appear "draconian." "There are no sacred cows for this next biennium for our introduced bill," said Rep. Rep. Jim Pitts, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee. "So many people said, 'You cannot cut education.' You can't not cut education ... We will be cutting every article within our budget. We will be cutting health and human, we will be cutting education, and we'll be cutting our own budget in the Legislature." More

Judge says water well case nationally significant
Fort Worth Star-Telegram Barnett Shale Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal judge in Austin said that investigations by the Texas Railroad Commission and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency into methane contamination of residential water wells in Parker County are "of extreme significance" and have national implications. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel made the comments in a court hearing in which he granted lawyers for Fort Worth-based Range Resources the right to take the deposition of an EPA official regarding the contamination investigation. More

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Biggest US home builders take over market as new home sales begin rebound
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The biggest U.S. homebuilders are poised to benefit from a fledgling rebound in demand for new houses this year, with competitors having gone out of business during the recession and sales likely to climb from record lows. The National Association of Home Builders expects new single-family home sales to rise to 405,000 this year, while Moody's Analytics Inc. projects an increase to 540,000. The annual pace of sales averaged 319,640 for the 11 months through November, down 15 percent from a year earlier, according to Commerce Department data. More

Planes map river's flood-control systems
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Small planes will be flying low over the Rio Grande until the end of March to map the river's flood-control systems, officials with the U.S. section of the International Boundary and Water Commission said. More

25 Houston companies named top of their industry
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Twenty-five Houston-area companies were named as Texas's Most Productive Companies in their industry by Profiles International Inc. The Waco-based company looked at 350 public companies and evaluated their human capital productivity, which was defined as revenue produced per full-time employee. To calculate this, Profiles analyzed financial data from the companies, then organized the data into 10 industry groups, identified and compared newcomers and standing champions. More

Monday deadline for comment on report
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Residents have until Monday to submit comments to the state about a report that identifies obstacles the city could face while rebuilding and allocating 569 public housing units. The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing, which studied population, age, income levels and other factors, noted 16 obstacles to fair housing on the island, including disparities in home mortgage and loan lending, lack of education about fair housing and lack of communication between governmental entities. More

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