TDA Healthy Community Network

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) Health Community Network (HCN) connects elected officials throughout the state who are committed to improving wellness throughout their communities TDA is in the initial stages of recruiting members. As a member, officials receive:   ·         Strategies for leveraging F&N Programs and initiatives in order to further advance their local initiatives ·         State-wide recognition for outstanding efforts ·         Data for assessing…

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Don’t Miss out on Funding from the Texas Emissions Reduction Program

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has a large amount of grant funding available to help reduce air pollution from older vehicles and heavy equipment.  The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) urges all organizations with vehicle or equipment fleets in the North Texas area to consider applying to these programs.  NCTCOG staff…

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Property tax relief bill filed to limit annual increases; Cities decry move that would cut revenue (11/30/16)

Senate Bill 2, filed by Republican Sen. Paul Bettencourt of Houston, would require cities and counties to ask for voter approval for any annual property tax hike of 4 percent or greater. The bill would not affect school district taxes. (Read more…)

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Lawmakers lower state’s spending cap (12/2/16)

State lawmakers lowered the state’s constitutional spending cap Thursday to 8 percent, a drop from the 11.68 percent spending cap on new state spending approved two years ago. The lower cap reflects the downturn in the oil and gas industries that fuel much of the Texas economy. (Read more…)

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Bad hospital owners targeted (12/6/16)

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, introduced a bill to crack down on unscrupulous hospital operators by requiring greater disclosure of ownership interests and more frequent state safety inspections. (Read more…)

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Water utilities can help Texas conservation efforts (12/5/16)

Ensuring Texas will have water to meet the needs of humans and wildlife is a huge challenge. Fortunately, we can all play a role in reaching that goal because conserving water is one of the cheapest and most effective tools we have to protect our water supplies. Many Texas water utilities are now taking on…

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Abbott renews call to limit fed’s power (12/7/16)

Abbott began calling for a convention of the state in January and has promised to make the issue a priority during the 2017 Legislative Session. Read more>>

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