Category: Government Affairs (Featured)

Groups: Texas School Funding Puts Many Latino Kids At Disadvantage

The state of Texas, where Latino children make up the majority of the public school population, went before its highest state court Tuesday to defend how it is paying for its school students education which has been challenged by hundreds of its school districts. The Texas Supreme Court, with a makeup of nine Republican judges,…

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A Letter From the President & CEO: Bring Uber Back to San Antonio

Hispanic Chamber Strongly Supports Rideshare Opportunities For San Antonio and Encourages City Council Agreement with Uber Dear Hispanic Chamber Members, Friends and Business Leaders, In December 2014 and once again in  February 2015 the Board of Directors of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (SAHCC) voted overwhelmingly to support rideshare companies remain as a…

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AMICI URGE TEXAS SUPREME COURT TO AFFIRM STATE’S SCHOOL FUNDING IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Austin, Texas – On August 11, 2015, several Texas organizations and the national Education Law Center (ELC) filed a friend of the court, or amicus,brief in support of the state’s economically disadvantaged and English Language Learner (ELL) students in the Texas Supreme Court, urging the Court to affirm the trial court’s ruling in Texas Taxpayer and Student Fairness Coalition v….

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Lawmaker Urges San Antonio to challenge Abbott Veto on East Side Project

Gov axed $132M in state funds to rehab S.A.’s G.J. Sutton complex AUSTIN — State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer is imploring San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor and the City Council to consider challenging Gov. Greg Abbott’s axing of $132 million in state funding earmarked to rehab the G.J. Sutton complex after questions arose this week…

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Texas is 9th Worst State for Kids, Despite Some Progress

2015 KIDS COUNT Data Book highlights challenges facing the next generation of Texans AUSTIN, Texas — Texas remains one of the ten worst states for kids, according to the new national KIDS COUNT® Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, though there were a few bright spots for the Lone Star State including improved math proficiency…

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Legislative Budget Wrap-Up

Source: Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPP) Lawmakers approved a $209 billion budget at the end of May for 2016-17, leaving many of Texas’ critical needs underfunded in favor of passing $3.8 billion in tax cuts. Our wrap-up breaks down the numbers in key areas of health and wellness, education, and more.   SHARE THIS…

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Supreme Court Protects Affordable Health Insurance for 832,000 Texans

Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP)   With Affordable Care Act in place, now it’s time for Texas to expand Medicaid   AUSTIN, Texas – Today the Supreme Court handed down its decision in King v. Burwell, protecting the rights of consumers in all states – including those like Texas that did not set up their own…

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Vote on TPA Expected as Early as Tomorrow

What is TPA? Key Elements of TPA: 1.    TPA outlines Congressional guidance to the President on trade policy priorities and negotiating objectives. 2.    TPA establishes Congressional requirements for the Administration to notify and consult with Congress, with the private sector and other stakeholders and with the public during the negotiations of trade agreements.   3.    TPA defines the…

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TLEC Post-Legislative Session Statement

The Texas Latino Education Coalition’s Highlights [and Lowlights] of the 84th Legislature The 84th Legislature had a historic opportunity to advance educational opportunities for Latino school children and public schools, but fell woefully short. Armed with a strong economy and low taxes, the Texas Legislature had the ingredients ripe for investing in its public schools…

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Tell Congress to Support Trade Deal

Javier Palomarez, For the Express-News    As president & CEO of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, I represent 3.2 million Hispanic-owned businesses that contribute more than $486 billion to our economy every year. We also advocate on behalf of 250 major corporations through our network of more than 200 local chambers and business associations nationwide.  …

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