I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff of Stephens Memorial Hospital. Especially the nursing staff, who went over and above to take care of me when I was brought to the hospital in the middle of the night.
Well, if last week was quiet, this week was anything but! Four bottle babies, four times each day, sitting three puppies (loving every minute) for the week, taking Christmas down, the Ft. Worth stock show, spay the cat, get the health papers for the heifer, load the trailer, haul the heifer, reschedule doctors’ visits, OAP practice, pay the bills, pack, take a meal to Ft. Worth, lesson plans, sub requests, laundry, meals … well, you get the idea.
I came across a cute thing on Facebook the other morning. Praise the Lord, it had nothing to do with Pandemics or Presidential Inaugurations/Impeachments or the poor old people waiting in their cars at the stadium for a vaccination. Some of you may have seen it, too, but it is worth getting my take on this. As a member of the press, I have insights into the “truth,” of which others are certainly in need.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.86 billion in December, 5 percent less than in December 2019.
It was a muted start to this year’s legislative session in Austin Tuesday as lawmakers returned to tackle the biggest public health crisis in living memory and the economic downturn it caused. The normal raucous hallways and packed galleries of past opening days were replaced by quiet on a day usually filled with ceremony and celebration as the pandemic kept constituents and well-wishers at home. One day before, state Comptroller Glenn Hegar laid out his projected forecast for state revenue for the next two fiscal years, telling lawmakers how much they’ll have to work with as they look to pay for state services over the upcoming biennium. “The pandemic, which resulted in steep declines in key sources of revenue in the later half of fiscal [year] 2020 and has continued to drag down collections in fiscal [year] 2021 wiped out a projective positive ending balance and has turned it into a currently projected deficit of nearly $1 billion,” said Hegar.