With federal spending cuts looming, cases working their way through the courts questioning state funding of education and gun control control at the front of public debate, Texas lawmakers have their work cut out for them this session.
The 83rd Texas Legislative Session Begins on January 8th December 20, 2012 There's no doubt about it. Federal dollars pay for a lot of things in Texas. This year's state budget included $33 billion in federal money. Overall federal spending in Texas totaled more than $220 billion in 2010.
From 2009 to 2011 the healthcare and bioscience industries in San Antonio grew by nearly $5 billion according to a new report by doctors Richard Butler and Mary Stefl from Trinity University.
The study shows the comprehensive impact in 2011 was $29.2 billion, up from $24.5 billion in 2009. Butler said that more than 40,000 new jobs have been added over the past decade to those industries, fueling the city's growth.
With the help of a handful of partners, the San Antonio Food Bank will no longer have to use existing funds to pay for its warehouse expansion project.
A combined $15 million – the largest campaign ever conducted by the food bank – will completely fund the project, leaving the food bank leaders to use existing money to meet the day-to-day needs of people.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who also contributed to the goal personally, joked about his presence at the press conference to announce the news.