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Heading into this year's election cycle with all of the confusion surrounding redistricting in Texas, it is extremely important that we focus on what this election is truly about. Here are a few facts that should help shed some light on what we are facing:
- According to the 2010 Census data, almost half of all Americans live in households that receive government benefits.
- This last fact is most disturbing given that 49.5% of Americans pay NO income tax. In other words, 50% of Americans are paying for the other 50%.
I read yesterday’s Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial piece: “End-of-course exams in Texas schools raise a furor” with dismay. The piece discusses the impending “end-of-course” exams in Texas public high schools, which will count for 15% of the student’s final grade.
State Representatives Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) and Phil King (R-Weatherford) today called for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to provide scientific evidence to show why it is necessary that the EPA add Hood and Wise counties to the DFW nonattainment area. Late last week the EPA notified Texas officials that they planned to add the two counties to the current 9-county nonattainment area of: Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall and Tarrant counties based on the fact that Hood and Wise counties were part of the region being developed for natural gas in the Barnett Shale region. The EPA stated that due to increased ozone and air pollution in these areas, they believed the counties should be added.
“It has been the honor of my life to serve the people of District 61 in the Texas House of Representatives,” King stated, “I would be humbled to be chosen to go to Austin again to fight for their interests. I have spent my tenure in office fighting for lower taxes, smaller government, and family values and will continue to fight for these principles that are so important to District 61 and Texas as a whole.”
Last week State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) was listed among the top ten rated pro-life legislators in the Texas House of Representative by Texas Right to Life. King was ranked the sixth highest pro-life legislator out of 150 in the Texas House, receiving a score of 140%.
This week, State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) was named as a recipient of the “Courageous Conservative” Award by the Texas Conservative Coalition (TCC). King received the third highest score out of all 150 members in the Texas House of Representatives.
Listen here to Phil's interview with WallBuilders Live about the Texas legislative session, why Texas' balanced budget amendment is the model for what Washington, DC needs to do, pro-life legislation, and much more.
"Representative King truly is a Taxpayer Champion,” President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Michael Quinn Sullivan stated, “As a veteran legislator, he has been a consistent conservative ally for Texas' taxpayers. Phil King understands that only by limiting the bite of government can individuals be free to pursue their dreams and opportunities."
Today, Luminant, the largest power generating company in Texas, announced they will be cutting approximately 500 Texas jobs due to the Environmental Protection Agency's Cross-State Air Pollution Rule (CSAPR) that was recently implemented by the federal agency. The rule sets unrealistic goals for emissions reductions in just a matter of months thus forcing Luminant and many other power generating companies to shut down some of their power generating plants, resulting in a loss of jobs. This rule is yet another example of how out of control the federal government under President Obama's administration has become. Economists estimate that this rule will result in the loss of tens of thousands of jobs and cause a dramatic increase in electric prices.
As the East Coast suffers through the damage of hurricane Irene, Texas soldiers prepare for a similar disaster that could hit the Gulf Coast region this hurricane season.
Saturday, members of the Texas State Guard met at Camp Mabry and planned what they would do to help the state if a hurricane hit the gulf coast.
“Hurricane season ramps up particularly between August, September and October. That's our main focus,” said Lt. Col. Phil King, a guardsman and a State Representative from Weatherford. “What we are doing today, is reviewing protocols and making sure we are prepared to go out if we are called."
In times of crisis including hurricanes Ike, Katrina and Rita, Guard members are called to serve.