By J.T. Murphy

Unlike the wife of the current President of the United States, I have been proud to be an American all of my life. Michelle Obama announced that she was not proud to be an American until he husband was elected President of this nation. Barack Obama is still the President of the United States, but I have not heard his wife repeat that she is now proud to be an American. Rudy Giuliani said he did not believe that Barack Obama loves America or Americans. Even though some will disagree with his statement, the numbers are high for the people who agree with Rudy Giuliani. Although some say that Barack Obama is unpatriotic, Rudy Giuliani specifically did not say that Barack Obama was unpatriotic.

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By Ed Sterling
Texas Press Assoc.
AUSTIN — On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget. In his 43-page Governor’s Budget document, Abbott said he aims to: “Constrain the size and growth of government. Reduce agency spending. Suspend, reduce, and eliminate unnecessary taxes and fees. Ensure government supports job creation and is accountable and transparent.”

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By Ed Sterling

AUSTIN — Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budget-writing duties with public hearings on four consecutive days. Led by Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Grapevine, the 15-member panel heard testimony from the offices of the governor, comptroller and attorney general. Input also was received on state  pension funds, courts andpayments on state debt. Currently, the budget is an  estimated $4.5 billion forall of those “general government” functions and an increase of $200 million has been proposed for 2016-2017.

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