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Concerned Parents Want State to Delay Healthcare Program

October 17, 2016

By Erin Nichols, News 4 San Antonio
Source: http://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/concerned-parents-want-state-to-de...

SAN ANTONIO -- On November 1, thousands of special needs kids across Texas will transition from Medicaid to a new healthcare program called Star Kids.

Although state officials say the program is designed to help families and kids get better care, some parents are urging lawmakers to hold off on the change.

Out of the 180,000 kids switching to Star Kids, the group of concerned parents represents about 11%.

Get Out and Vote in 2016!

October 4, 2016

Government at all levels functions best when citizens participate, and the most basic and important way to participate in our democracy is by voting. If you have watched television, tuned in on the radio, or opened a newspaper in the past 30 days, you are most likely aware that an election is fast approaching. What you may not be aware of is that there are many deadlines leading up to Election Day that may be of importance to you. The Texas Secretary of State tracks these deadlines and I have included a few for your convenience:

 

Energy Update - October 2016

October 1, 2016

The number of drilling rigs at work in Texas continued to rise in September with a count of 246 compared to 237 near the end of August, according to the Sept. 23 weekly report from oil services firm Baker Hughes. Nationally, there were 511 rigs at work compared to 487 at the end of August.

The price of oil hovered around the $45 mark during September as the markets worried about the historically high level of inventories and whether members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will agree to pull back on production.

U.S. crude oil inventories in the week ending Sept. 16 fell by 6.2 million barrels but still amounted to 504.6 million barrels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The drop was higher than anticipated by analysts.

Message from Carlos - October 2016

October 1, 2016

Fall is known for many things, including football, Halloween, and who could leave out—Pumpkin spice everything. This fall, I’m asking for your help to spread awareness of a different type of fall, and your effort could help to save lives.

Every year around 30,000 Americans will die from an unintentional fall, around the same number killed in fatal automobile accidents. To raise awareness, the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is leading the Fall Free Initiative, a national effort to raise awareness for fall-related injuries and deaths among older Americans.

Harlandale National Night Out

October 1, 2016

The National Association of Town Watch over the course of the year will be sponsoring National Night Outs (NNO) across the country. NNO is an event that brings awareness to neighborhoods about crime and drug prevention programs and seeks to unite the neighborhood through spirit, creating a long lasting partnership with the community police. There will be free food, drinks, games and student performances throughout the night.  This event will provide our community with an opportunity to enjoy a fun night out while showing that we are a community capable and ready to fight crime one step at a time.

Hunters Needed!

October 1, 2016

As deer hunting season approaches, I wanted to draw your attention to a charitable program that fights hunger and promotes environmental stewardship in Texas.  Hunters for the Hungry is a program that allows hunters to donate legally tagged and field-dressed white-tailed deer and mule deer to be processed and distributed to local hunger relief agencies. Since its inception, hunters, meat processors, and food banks working with Hunters for the Hungry have provided over nine million servings of venison to Texans in need.

Senate Committees Tackle Tough Issues

October 1, 2016

September saw a number of committee hearings in Austin, as legislators put in the final work on interim charges prior to the 85th Legislative Session which begins in January.

Oil and Gas Update - September 2016

September 1, 2016

News on the energy front was mixed in August as crude oil prices appear to have stabilized above $40 a barrel despite a glut in worldwide inventories and sagging U.S. production.

Texas remains a bright spot as the number of drilling rigs at work in the state continued to climb in August, rising to 237 from 217 at the end of July, according to the Aug. 26 weekly report from the oil services company Baker Hughes. The U.S. saw the drilling rig numbers rise as well, climbing to 487 from 462 at the end of July. Texas' share of the U.S. count was 48 percent.

Message from Carlos - September 2016

September 1, 2016

Last week I was proud to witness not only history, but the culmination of years of hard work in the legislature when Texas A&M San Antonio officially became a four-year institution, welcoming over 500 freshman students.

It was an honor and privilege to join the first freshman class in their new tradition, the Jaguar March, which is a one-mile march across campus, beginning at the bell tower. The march is one of many traditions that will originate from this year's freshman class, and aims to build school spirit and camaraderie. I may have been the only person in a suit; luckily it was a cool 95 degrees!

Before I joined the students in the march, I was honored with the "keys to the campus" along with the Universities’ first Community Award. 

Public Utility Commission Ends Low-Income Discount Program

September 1, 2016

The “Lite-Up Texas” program, which provided utility rate discounts for low-income Texans who bought electricity from private providers, is being discontinued by the Public Utility Commission at the end of August.

The program was funded by the “System Benefit Fund” which was once paid for by a $0.65/MWh fee on most homeowners and business owners.  The fee was discontinued in 2013, and the remaining funds were used to continue to provide subsidies until this month, when they finally ran out.