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Texas Legislature 2011

Monday, February 7th, 2011

Poll shows support for indoor smoking ban

The latest from Gov. Rick Perry's preferred polling firm, Baselice & Associates, shows that 70 percent of Texans support a ban on indoor smoking, including in restaurants and bars.

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Athletics: Where budget balancers fear to tread?

With Texas public schools facing cuts of as much as $10 billion in state funding, predictions of the consequences have been dire: teacher layoffs in the six figures, bigger class sizes, fewer instructional days, slashed support for...

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Texas lawmakers begin spirited debate over budget

as House Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Pitts, R-Waxahachie, laid out the first grim round of proposed cuts on Wednesday — aimed at balancing the budget without new taxes or tapping the Rainy Day Fund — even some...

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

Texas State chancellor braces for budget cuts

Fully aware that there is less to go around, Brian McCall and other system chancellors are so far presenting a united front in urging legislators not to disproportionately make cuts to higher education. “There is no division...

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