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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.

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. 

Billion Dollar Border Security Package Has Some Lawmakers Seeing Red

August 30, 2016

By Ryan Poppe, Texas Public Radio

As part of the state’s ongoing border security operations, the Department of Public Safety plans to ask the legislature in 2017 for $1 billion. It is a budget request that has some South Texas lawmakers still asking if the state’s efforts are effective and where is the money being spent?

The package calls for $200-million more than what the legislature budgeted in 2015, making their 2017 request the largest amount of money ever to be requested for the state’s ongoing efforts to secure the Texas-Mexico border.

726 is Coming Soon

August 1, 2016

Before you know it, 726 will be arriving in the greater San Antonio area. Despite the way it sounds, 726 is not a model of airplane, or a trendy new restaurant. 726 will soon be an official area code in Bexar, Medina, Atascosa, Comal, and Guadalupe counties.

If you have a 210 area code, you will be able to keep it, but if you seek a new line, eventually the 210 area codes could run out, and 726 may be your only option.

The 210 area code has been with us only since 1992, so there are many who remember the switch over from 512. Of course, with the prevalence of cell phones the area code is not necessarily limited to a certain geographic boundary; the area code is more of a designation of where the phone number’s user is associated with.

Message from Carlos - August 2016

August 1, 2016

For the last two weeks the focus of our country has been on the political party conventions, who met to formally nominate their candidates for President of the United States. While the conventions will undoubtedly leave their mark on history, given the historic nature of the candidates, a court decision released last week could have a lasting effect for years to come as well.

Texas’ Voter ID law was ruled discriminatory by the 5th circuit court of appeals, one of the most, if not the most, conservative appellate courts in the country. The way the law was passed with no real input from the public, and the manner in which the rules were changed to pass it were not lost on the court.

Oil and Gas Update - August 2016

August 1, 2016

The price of crude oil continued a three-month slide in July as U.S. and worldwide inventories remained stubbornly high. But prices remained above $40 a barrel, encouraging operators to put more drilling rigs back to work.

The number of rigs working in Texas continued to climb, rising from 194 at the end of June to 217 in the Baker Hughes weekly report on July 22. After reaching a 17-year low of 404 in early June, the number of drilling rigs operating in the U.S. had rebounded to 462 in the July 22 report. Texas' share of all the rigs working in the U.S. was 47 percent.

Legislative Budget Board Receives Update from State Comptroller

August 1, 2016

On Monday July 25th, Comptroller Glenn Hegar updated the Legislative Budget Board on Texas’ current financial and economic conditions.

While the downturn in the oil and gas industry is having a measurable effect on Texas’ economy, there are still bright spots throughout our economy. Unlike neighboring energy-dependent states, Texas diversified economy has weathered the downturn.

Unemployment rates have risen slightly since late spring, yet Texas’ unemployment rate is still lower than the nation as a whole. The housing market continues to climb in new homes built, sales price, and existing home sales compared to similar data collected last year.

Back to School Fair this Saturday, August 6th in San Antonio

August 1, 2016

As in years past, Senator Carlos Uresti, the San Antonio Food Bank, and dozens of community organizations are working with a few generous sponsors to help our children prepare for the important school year that lies ahead.

Senator Uresti participates in Back to School Fairs in communities across Senate District 19. All-in-all, almost 10,000 backpacks with school supplies will be distributed at these events, in addition to providing working families with important information about local community services.

The largest of the events is the San Antonio Back to School Fair, which draws thousands annually. 

What:   San Antonio District 19 Back to School Fair

When:  Saturday, August 6th, from 9am to 1pm

Attention Texas Veterans

July 1, 2016

Applications for the first Texas Veterans + Family Alliance grant program is a month away.

Through this program, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission will award up to $10 million in grants to local Texas communities to address mental health needs of veterans and their families. A Request for Applications for the second phase of the program is underway. Visit Electronic State Business Daily to find the applications.

Our Missions and Summertime Fun at BiblioTech

July 1, 2016

If you're looking for a place for the kids to spend their summer days, BiblioTech on the South and West sides has your family covered.

The electronic library and community center is offering "Reading & Raspas," a smorgasbord of special events for kids and families.

For starters, BiblioTech is giving away free raspas 1-2 p.m. daily while supplies last.

Activities include Bug Camp and Youth Gardens presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, Map Making presented by Artpace San Antonio, and Science Mill Camp: Titans of Tech.

BiblioTech South is located at 3505 Pleasanton Road, (210) 631-0180, and BiblioTech West is located at 2003 S. Zarzamora St., (210) 631-0190.