Government

Health Care
12:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Perry Rejects Medicaid Expansion (Again), But Still Wants Federal Block Grant Waiver

No other state that requested a waiver was granted the federal money.
rickperry.org

 Gov. Rick Perry has sent the final instructions to the state’s health commissioner ahead of a meeting with federal officials regarding the implementation of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

The letter sent this week to Texas Health and Human Services Commissioner Dr. Kyle Janeck begins by questioning the wisdom behind the Obama administration’s expansion of Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Criminal Justice
2:33 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Pre-Trial Program Will Dismiss Misdemeanors For Young Adults

Bexar County

A new diversion program in Bexar County will allow young adult offenders ages 17-21 a chance to correct one-time indiscretions that have gotten them into trouble.

District Attorney Susan Reed said the M.I.L.E.S. program -- Meaningful Intervention Leading to Enduring Success -- will protect young offenders from spending their lives paying for one mistake as they begin their military, college, or work careers.

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Abortion In Texas
4:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Dan Patrick Stock Purchase Clashes With His Anti-Abortion Stance

Current state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, is running for lieutenant governor in 2014.
State of Texas

An anti-abortion group in Texas is shocked to learn news that state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, a Republican candidate for lieutenant governor and leading voice in the anti-abortion camp, bought stock in a drug company that manufactures abortion-inducing medication.

Patrick writes that he purchased the stock several years ago through a money manager and wasn’t aware that Teva Pharmaceuticals was the maker of the morning-after pill known as Plan B.

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Affordable Care Act
3:13 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Democratic Lawmaker Clarifies Intention Of ACA Navigator Rules

Public meetings, like this one on the San Antonio West Side, are helping explain the online health insurance exchanges that open on Oct. 1.
David Martin Davies TPR News

The lawmaker who authored the bill to allow the Texas Department of Insurance to impose rules on the navigators tied to the Affordable Care Act is clarifying the role of the bill, and saying that the governor took it out of context.

State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, authored SB 1795, which is now law, and said Gov. Rick Perry’s letter to the insurance commissioner, which has caused a stir among Democratic lawmakers, goes beyond the intent of the bill.

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Bexar County
11:06 am
Fri September 20, 2013

MPO Starts Regional Planning Meetings For Boerne, New Braunfels And Seguin

The Hwy. 281-1604 interchange project is one example of MPO projects. The MPO is looking at expanding its reach to include the metro areas where intensive growth has increased population density adjacent to Bexar County.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is beginning a regional transportation plan to include Boerne, New Braunfels and Seguin for the next 25 years of growth.

In that time, the metro population is expected to grow by 1.5 million, fueling the need for an integrated transportation outlook.

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City Utilities
9:44 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Public Meetings Coming Up For CPS Energy And SAWS Rate Hikes

SAWS Facebook

The San Antonio City Council has begun reviewing potential rate increases from the San Antonio Water System and CPS Energy, a process that will continue until November.

The first of the meetings started Wednesday, when CPS President and CEO Doyle Beneby provided the council an overview of the utility's 4.75 percent proposed increase, which would add $5.19 to the average gas and electric bill each month.

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City Utilities
3:22 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

CPS Energy Makes Case For Rate Hike With Examples From 2010

CPS Energy

If a proposed rate hike is approved by San Antonio City Council, households can expect to pay an additional $5.19 per month on their CPS Energy bills.

On Wednesday CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby delivered the first case for a rate hike to the council.

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Texas Politics
9:23 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Democrats Not Happy About Dewhurst Dig At Senate Committees

Screen shot from a David Dewhurst campaign video.
Dewhurst campaign video

During a panel with all four Republican candidates in the lieutenant governor's race at the Ronald Reagan Republican Women's Conference this week, current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst defended his record of appointing Democrats to chair Senate committees.

"I’ve been reducing the number of Democrat chairs since I came in," Dewhurst said. "You know how many committees we have? 17. You know how many Democrat chairs we have? five. Okay? So, I’ve been reducing them and not one of them is one of the critical committees."

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Transportation Costs
4:26 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

TxDOT Wants Bigger Texas Cities To Take Control Of Roads

Blanco Road, seen here under construction, is one of the roads TxDOT is offering San Antonio in a "turnback" program. The state would give local control of the road, but the city would be responsible for future maintenance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Many of the roads that take you to work, school, the grocery store and home are owned and maintained by the state, but the Texas Department of Transportation wants to transfer control of those roads to cities with more than 50,000 people.

Generally speaking, cities don't want that burden.

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Affordable Care Act
3:51 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

With ACA Exchanges About To Open, Perry Wants More Rules For "Navigators"

How will the latest move by Perry affect Affoordable Care Act rollout in Texas?
David Martin Davies TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry has ordered the Texas Department of Insurance to come up with a set of rules governing the Affordable Care Act’s navigator program.

ACA navigators will be helping people get the information they need to sign up for qualified plans under the new law.

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