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U.S. Border Patrol patch.  (Associated Press photo)

Republicans & Democrats Support State Border Surge Operations

During its newly ordered surge operations along the Texas-Mexico border, the state Department of Public Safety says it will target drug dealers, human traffickers, and gangs.

06/19/2014

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Spending For More Border Security Announced

The state’s Republican leadership has authorized the Texas Department of Public Safety to spend about $1.3 million per week to fund operations to fight what they describe as a surge of illegal immigration along the Texas-Mexico border, the GOP leaders announced Wednesday evening.

06/19/2014

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Texas Leaders Announce New Border Security Plan

Texas’ top three leaders, Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Joe Straus are working on a plan to boost border security.

06/18/2014

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Perry Backs Storage Site For Texas Nuclear Waste

Gov. Rick Perry has asked lawmakers to explore establishing a location in Texas to store the state’s high-level radioactive waste.

04/03/2014

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Texas Lawmakers Consider How To Attract Venture Capital

Texas lawmakers want to see what they can do to attract more venture capitalists to the state.

04/03/2014

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$2 Billion Water Funding Bill Heads To Perry

The $2 billion for a new state water fund that Gov. Rick Perry prioritized this session has finally reached his desk for approval.

05/27/2013

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State Lawmakers Get Map Of Highway Needs

Texas transportation officials are scheduled to give lawmakers a road map for the challenges the state faces in keeping up an aging highway system to move its growing population.

02/12/2013

Used cars sit in the lot at a dealership. (credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)

Straus Suggests Raising Driver’s License Cost

House Speaker Joe Straus suggested possibly raising the cost of a driver’s license to help the state’s congested roads. Texas drivers currently pay a price of $25.

01/31/2013

People gather outside of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin. (credit: PAUL BUCK/AFP/Getty Images)

Straus Says Texas Needs More Than Tax Cuts

House Speaker Joe Straus said that Texas needs more than tax cuts in order to thrive, and said that investments in education, infrastructure and water sources are also needed.

01/28/2013

Texas State Capitol

State’s New Budget Gives Slight Increase For Public Education

Republican legislative leaders in Texas are calling for modest increases in spending for public schools and the overall budget for 2014-15.

01/14/2013

The Texas State Capitol building. (credit: Jeff Haynes/AFP/Getty Images)

State House Will Take 6-Day MLK Break

The Texas House will adjourn next week and remain out of session for six days in observance of Marin Luther King Jr. Day and the U.S. presidential inauguration.

01/10/2013

Texas State Capitol

Texas GOP Leaders Outline Priorities

Republican leaders in Texas are back to work at the Capitol with an agenda that includes tax relief, abortion restrictions and spending restraint.

01/09/2013

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