Tag: state government

Valley State Rep. To Introduce Legislation Barring Municipalities from Hiding Tax-Funded Expenditures Amid McAllen’s Enrique Iglesias Controversy

A proposed law to prevent state government agencies from keeping expenses secret from taxpayers is in the works. Terry Canales’ proposal comes after the apparent secrecy behind McAllen’s Christmas festival expenses made with taxpayer money– which remains undisclosed. The proposed law comes after a late night Twitter rant from the state representative, over the weekend. He says, “It’s disturbing to me that the city of McAllen who has always been a leader in transparency, who has always been at the forefront and front right with its constituents will have taken a road that to me is a road of...

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Governor Greg Abbott Speaks at Fundraiser

Texas Governor Greg Abbott is speaking out about the role of women in state government, during a fundraiser this evening in McAllen. Earlier this week we told you about a gender equality proposal by state representative Sergio Munoz that, if passed by the Texas Congress next year and gets signed by the Governor, would require Abbott to fill state board and commission vacancies by appointing a qualified woman followed by a qualified man. Muñoz says the proposal is to have a government reflective of its population. Something the Governor doesn’t agree with. “Despite the fact that I’ve appointed so...

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Snyder declares emergency in Flint over water problems

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder declared a state of emergency in Flint on Tuesday over problems with lead in the city’s drinking water, the same day federal officials confirmed they’re investigating the matter that prompted a local public health emergency. Snyder’s action follows emergency declarations by the city and Genesee County, which requested help from the state. Michigan’s declaration makes available state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery operations. U.S. attorney’s spokeswoman Gina Balaya said in an email that the federal investigation is “an effort to address the concerns of Flint residents,” but she couldn’t...

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Weslaco Water Boil Advisory Lifted

A water boil advisory is lifted for the city of Weslaco, after test samples show no bacteria. Water samples were sent to a state laboratory after the treatment plant experienced operational issues earlier this week. ‘Just to be a water notice was released that the sample is indicated no longer has to be bugs and it’s safe for people and pets.’ Sample tests are required by state government following incidents such as this...

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13 Ways to Save on Home Improvement Costs

Home improvement can be a pricy proposition. Whether you are upgrading your master bath to an in-home spa or taking care of a much-needed roof replacement, you are likely to need a good chunk of change. However, it is possible to save money on home improvement projects by advance planning and savvy shopping. Here are 13 ways. Getting Started Do your research long before you ever hire a contractor. It’s easy to find home improvement inspiration online, as well as practical information about prices and quality. Clarify about what you want, how you will fund the project, and what your time...

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