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Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) April 25, 2017 - Texas nursing facilities moved one step closer to better staffing and improving overall quality Monday as the Nursing Facility Reinvestment Allowance, or NFRA, was voted out of the House Human Services Committee. Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) April 7, 2017 - Can you imagine if state lawmakers wanted to tax private schools to balance the Texas public school budget? Texans would be outraged by such an absurd proposal. This outrageous scheme is precisely what some lawmakers want to do with nursing homes. Read more
shared parenting
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 31, 2017 - As of March 27th 2017 the 85th Texas legislature has introduced 8420 bills, statistically about half will be passed into law. According to Legiscan the third most viewed and followed bill is HB453, better known as the “equal parenting bill”. HB453 would put an end to the current presumption that, after parents separate or divorce, a child should live primarily with one parent, and visit the other parent a few times a month making the other parent a visitor in the child's life. Instead, the presumption would be that the child should spend an equal amount of time with both parents. Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 30, 2017 - An estimated 1 in 5 traffic crashes in Texas is caused by distracted driving, and the problem is getting worse. As part of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April, the Texas Department of Transportation is launching its “Talk, Text, Crash” campaign to remind drivers to stay focused on the road. Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 29, 2017 - A legislative proposal that will benefit Texas employers got a big boost from the Trump Administration recently when U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Tom Price told governors they should move forward and request waivers from a variety of regulations in the Affordable Care Act. Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 28, 2017 - On Monday, the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee met to discuss Senate Bill 1130, a “granny tax” on nursing home residents and private business owners. The hearing revealed the tax would generate over $800 million, with no legislative oversight on how that money would be spent. Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 27, 2017 - More than 150 years ago, Texans set aside a fund to provide free textbooks to children in the state’s public schools, and ever since leaders have worked to keep faith with that covenant. Until now. Now, the Texas legislature seems determined on abandoning their commitment and raiding the proceeds of the Permanent School Fund which provides not only for books, but the 21st Century technology our children will need to succeed. Read more
The Headliners Foundation
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 24, 2017 - On March 22, 2017 the Headliners Foundation of Texas announced that the Houston Chronicle’s Brian Rosenthal is the winner of the Foundation’s Showcase Gold Award for Enterprise and Innovation in Journalism for his series, "Denied: How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children Out of Special Education." This is the second consecutive year in which Rosenthal and the Chronicle have won the overall competition. Read more
Austin,Texas (PR MediaRelease) March 16, 2017 - Texas legislators Senator Chuy Hinojosa and Representative J.D. Sheffield have filed legislation to tax nursing home residents paying for their own care. Known as the Granny Tax, Senate Bill 1130 and House Bill 2766 would generate state revenue by taxing elderly residents of nursing homes. Nursing home residents would each carry a tax bill of over $4,000 per year. Read more