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Donate to our Disaster Relief Fund for Hurricane Hanna

We have a tradition of helping our union family members impacted by disasters. Our members need our help. The latest disaster is damages from Hurricane Hanna on the lower Gulf Coast and in the Rio Grande Valley. Our local unions worked around the clock to check in with our members, their families, students, and communities during the hurricane. Texas AFT...

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Budget Skirmishes: SB 1811 Marshals $4 Billion for 2012-2013 Budget

The Texas Senate on Friday passed a key bill marshaling more than $4 billion needed to fund the Senate’s proposed budget. But SB 1811 by Sen. Robert Duncan, Republican of Lubbock, did not pass without some struggle. One amendment by Republican Sen. Troy Fraser of Horseshoe Bay would have knocked...

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Bills on the Move, for Good or Ill

With just over 30 days to go in the regular session of the Texas legislature, here are some of the notable bills that moved ahead, for good or ill, during the past week. SB 718 by Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, Democrat of San Antonio, makes a reasonable change in...

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Budget Bill Bogs Down as Lieutenant Governor Turns Wobbly on Senate Plan

The already-inadequate Senate budget proposal, which would cut more than $4 billion in state aid and grants to school districts, suffered a blow from the Senate’s own presiding officer yesterday. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who presides over the Texas Senate, felt compelled to tell the press yesterday that he was...

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