AUSTIN, Texas - In an effort to rebuild their tarnished reputations, the nation's biggest banks are touting their charitable contributions and community involvement. On closer inspection, however, they are not so charitable after all, according to a new report.
Carter Votes Against Tax and Spend Fiscal Cliff Deal, Blocks Obama Attempt to Raise Federal Pay
(WASHINGTON, DC) –Congressman John Carter was one of 167 representatives to vote against House passage of the bill.
“The Democrats have spent America into this mess, and unless we make serious cuts in federal spending we will become Greece,” says Carter.
“It is an incredible outrage that this so-called compromise included virtually no spending cuts, only tax and spending hikes, which is precisely why we are in this mess to begin with,” says Carter. The former Texas judge was the only member of Republican leadership to vote against both the Bush Administration TARP bailout program and the Obama Stimulus on the same fiscal grounds.
Carter will end his three-term tenure as House Republican Conference Secretary when the new Congress is sworn in Thursday. The former Texas judge will instead serve as Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security for the 113th Congress.
In separate action today, Carter voted to block President Obama’s last minute attempt to sneak through an executive order to give federal bureaucrats nationwide an $11 billion pay hike, including the Vice President, Obama Administration workers, and Congress.
“This attempt shows just how out of touch this Administration is with the economic challenges facing our nation,” says Carter. “With America drowning in debt and deficit spending, this President is unilaterally trying to add more red ink by giving taxpayer dollars to federal bureaucrats, and trying to add Congress into the mix as cover. This House is the only federal entity that has frozen its pay and cut its budget by 11% over the last four years, and the President this week sought to undermine those actions. This is prime evidence of why we must stop this spending frenzy if we are to save our nation from bankruptcy.”
Education Advocates Say School Plan Laced With “Poison Pill”
AUSTIN, Texas - Public-education advocates are crying foul over a tax-credit provision in a Texas school-reform package proposed this week by the incoming head of the Senate Education Committee. They say it's a backdoor attempt to introduce school vouchers to the state.
A bomb threat was called in to the Salado Civic Center on Main Street December 19. The Civic Center Foundation office phone number was called by an unknown person asking for a specific employee of the Civic Center.
The Salado Civic Center is home to the Salado ISD administrative offices. The caller did not mention the school during the phone call. It is not believed that any Salado ISD campuses were in danger. The six school employees who office at the Civic Center, and others inside the building were evacuated by Salado Police Department.
An explosive detection canine unit from Killeen was called to the scene and the building has been cleared.
Paper returns to roots, looks toward its future with new format
Salado Village Voice returns to its roots this week as the 34-year-old newspaper unveils a new broadsheet standard.
“The newspaper started out in 1979 as a broadsheet in the style of the old newspapers of the 19th century,” Editor-in-Chief Tim Fleischer said. “Dayton Kelley modeled his Salado Village Voice around the old broadsheets like the New York Times with straight columns and lots of type.”
Lloyd Lester Gibson III, 67, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender, is now in custody after being arrested in Austin on Monday by the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, which includes the Texas Department of Public Safety. Gibson was wanted for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in Fort Worth and Parole Violation.
Most Of Texas Still In Drought, But Storms Could Bring Hope, Says Texas A&M Prof
COLLEGE STATION– Most of Texas is still in a moderate-to-severe drought, but a storm forming 2,000 miles northwest of Hawaii may be the key to drought relief for the state, says a Texas A&M University professor who also serves as the state climatologist.
John Nielsen-Gammon, professor of atmospheric sciences, says that precipitation everywhere in the state has been running below normal since Oct. 1.