Gov. Greg Abbott said Texas lawmakers would prioritize workers in 2021. But advocates say the working class was largely left behind.
After Texas workers were praised during the pandemic, many thought lawmakers would increase protections or benefits. But advocacy groups say they spent a lot of time playing defense on bills that could hurt workers.
Analysis: When mapmaking Texas politicians are smiling and quiet, pay attention
This one is about redistricting — how the state draws its political maps — and it fits the pattern. Political maps are the foundation of who does and doesn’t have a voice in a democracy. Asked whether a Republican House and Senate, with a Republican governor, can be expected to draw maps that favor Republicans, neither lawmaker agreed. Sure enough, they draw maps that increase their chances of success — not only in elections, but in the government decisions that follow. Republicans draw Republican maps.
Texas Roadblock to a State Income Tax Couldnt Have Come at a Worse Time
click to enlarge Flickr / Erik (HASH) HersmanWith businesses shuttered and unemployment hitting levels unseen since the Great Depression, Texas is in desperate need of tax revenue. Make no mistake, political watchers warn, cuts to state services are coming.They will be deep. Even a half-cent hike would nudge us closer to the top five.Lets not fool ourselves into thinking the recovery will be quick and that the severe cuts will be over in a matter of a few months. Income tax, on the other hand, forces those with the deepest pockets to shell out more while taking considerably less from the lowest wage earners.Texans arent stupid, but in voting for Prop 4, they allowed themselves to be played by lawmakers such as King and its champion State. Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper lawmakers beholden to the monied interests who stand to pay out the most under a state income tax.Now, with the budget ax poised, low and middle-income Texans have the most to lose.sacurrent.com
BLURRED LINES- RESIDENTS DEMAND A FAIR PROCESS- NOT ONE DONE BEHIND CLOSED DOORS
Residents and Organizations Confront Legislative Redistricting CommitteeAccording to Common Causes Deputy Director, If it's voter ID, it's ALEC . When you start peeling back state efforts to opt out of the regional greenhouse gas initiative, it's ALEC." Residents demanded that the process be fair and transparent and not be done behind closed doors. Residents spoke about the racialization of politics in this era with a president that constantly makes racist statements. You may also view, The Fair Maps Texas website at www.FairMapsTexas.org.saobserver.com