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Wed
27
Mar
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Using e-commerce to support brick and mortar sales

BUSINESS TIPS

If one thing is certain it is that the Internet has changed how the world conducts business. Gone are the days where all sales were done with a handshake and a smile.

Now someone can order a crock pot over the Internet and have it at their doorstep in less than 48 hours.

So where does that leave stores that have yet to establish a presence online?

Have no fear establishing an e-commerce website is easier now than ever before. Here are some things to keep in mind when deciding if you should sell products online.

 

 

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Wed
20
Mar
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Supplemental funding legislation draws from ‘Rainy Day Fund’

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — A few of the funding priorities expressed by the executive, legislative and judicial branches are not covered in Senate Bill 2, the state’s tentatively approved appropriations bill for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.

So, on March 13, the Senate voted unanimously in favor of SB 500, $6 billion in supplemental funding to plug many holes. Some $4.3 billion of the total would be taken out of the Economic Stabilization (“Rainy Day”) Fund.

Authored by Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, the legislation proposes the following allocations:

• $3 billion for Hurricane Harvey recovery expenses;

• $2.1 billion to address the Medicaid shortfall;

 

 

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Wed
20
Mar
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The High Cost of Being Cheap

Okay, I admit it: I’m the cheapest SOB who ever made soup out of a complimentary cup of hot water from McDonalds and a free packet of ketchup. My wife and I have been married for 44 years and we’ve owned a total of two television sets and our current one is a chunky box-like structure that weighs 100 pounds and has a tube in it. We can’t stand the thought of buying a new TV just to see them get even cheaper next year. The last pickup we owned we drove for 25 years and we’ve started taking showers every other day to cut our water bill. If I ever owned a Rolex it would have to be a fake of a fake. I could go on like this but I don’t want to waste any more paper than is absolutely necessary to get my point across.

 

 

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Wed
20
Mar
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Fight for Texas

1 83 years ago this month, Texas declared independence from Mexico. The following six weeks was a flurry of victories and defeats. The men of the Alamo were avenged on the fields of San Jacinto; General Sam Houston won the long game against General Santa Anna. The free and independent Republic of Texas was established.

The same desire for liberty that drove the first Texians to revolution continues to drive us today¬¬, though our battles look much different. Friday, March 8, marked the last day to file bills for the 86th Texas Legislature. More than 2,400 bills were filed; some pursue that idea of liberty. Many don’t.

My goal this session is to fight for those good bills that address the core issues: property taxes, education reform, the state budget. Though voting on the Senate floor has just begun, two bills have already passed.

 

 

Wed
20
Mar
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All available resources are needed to secure the Southern Border

I have devoted the entirety of my adult life to keeping Americans safe. For nearly a decade, I served as an undercover officer in the CIA during the Global War on Terror.

Since being in Congress, I’ve made border security one of my top priorities. In fact, the very first bill I had signed into law prevented significant pay cuts for our Border Patrol Agents. I have also fought to increase funding for the Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency responsible for protecting our borders. Over the last four years, I’ve voted for $220 billion in funding to help provide more resources to the Department. Through my work, the House has passed funding for a diverse arsenal of tools to protect the southern border such as:

• $8 billion for border infrastructure, which includes physical barriers and associated technology;

 

 

Wed
13
Mar
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Sunshine your fundamental right

For government to be of, by and for the people it must be out in front of the people.

The theme for Sunshine Week 2019 is simply, “It’s your right to know.”

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Wed
13
Mar
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Free speech, public’s right to know under attack in Texas – so let’s act now

Unfortunately, both basic American principles – free speech and the people’s right to know – are under attack in Texas. There’s no better time to urge our state lawmakers to protect these precious freedoms than “Sunshine Week,” March 10-16, a nationwide celebration of open government.

The Texas Sunshine Coalition, a diverse public awareness alliance of more than 15 organizations, has formed over the past year and is working at the Capitol to improve government transparency by repairing the Texas Public Information Act.

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Wed
06
Mar
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Order stops state, local authorities from purging voter rolls

By Ed Sterling |

STATE CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS

AUSTIN — A San Antonio federal judge on Feb. 27 ordered Texas Secretary of State David Whitley not to purge the names of voters whose registrations he challenged as being potentially fraudulent.

The order came in a voting rights case filed by the League of United Latin American Citizens and other plaintiffs.

U.S. District Judge Fred Biery denied defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit. Biery then ordered officials not to remove anyone from the current voter registration list until authorized by the court.

However, Biery added that local officials may continue to determine whether someone who is not a citizen is in fact registered to vote, so long as it is done without communicating directly with any particular individual on the list.

Wed
06
Mar
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The Best Summer Of My Youth

IT’S THE PITTS

I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Angus cattle despite an inauspicious beginning to my cattle career. Near the end of my freshman year in high school I got a $350 loan from a kind-hearted banker and bought the meanest Angus steer that ever lived. He was also a chronic bloater. My ag teacher picked him out for me and that’s the last time I ever let anyone buy cattle for me.

Wed
27
Feb
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Property tax reform: bill lowering rollback rate headed to Senate Floor

By PETER FLORES

While February is the shortest month, it has not felt that way around the Texas Capitol. Committees are meeting daily and votes on bills are beginning: over 1,000 Senate Bills have been filed this legislative session. There are many that I’m working on, but I would like to take this opportunity to discuss two bills in particular.

I am a coauthor of Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019. Property tax is a top priority this legislative session for my constituents; this issue comes up more often any other. The Governor and Lt. Governor agree and are actively pursuing property tax reform. Our bill presents a solution to slow down ever-increasing local tax rates and empower voters to better control their taxes.

 

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