Commentary: Courthouse must be on the Ballot

County Judge Ramon Garcia and Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez of Pharr are pretending to discuss the possibility of moving the Courthouse to Pharr.     The City of Pharr has a tax rate of 65 cents which is among the highest in the county.   Pharr has a total population of 77 thousand and a 31% rate of poverty.   Participating in the construction of a courthouse would significantly increase taxes and there would be no financial benefit because public property is not taxed.

What these politicians are trying to do is encourage the City of Edinburg to pay the $30 million for site improvements and $150 million for a parking garage.   Mayor Molina seems to know that by waiting, he can make a much better deal.   The cost of this courthouse is growing every day, the County just paid $1 million dollars-plus for the courthouse site.   Then there is the moving of the 281 roadway and the drainage channel east and under the expressway, this is going to be a lot more than the estimated $350 million dollar.

Here is what it will cost the people of Hidalgo County and specifically the City of Edinburg.   Continue reading “Commentary: Courthouse must be on the Ballot”

Pulido calls for Courthouse project referendum; wants voters to decide cost and location

Edinburg – Hidalgo County Judge candidate, Eloy Pulido would like Hidalgo County voters to have a hand in deciding the new courthouse cost and location, and is calling on a referendum to be placed in November 2018’s ballot that would allow this initiative to occur.  Pulido who supported voter involvement in the project, reaffirmed his position via a press release on January 21st.

Throughout the release, Pulido challenged the proposed cost of the project, including the proposed design, and offered an alternative location along Interstate 69 (US 281), which would be more assessable to staff, law enforcement, and visitors.  Current projected cost for the courthouse puts the project north of 130 million, and would sit in the same town square that the current courthouse resides.  The referendum proposed by Pulido would call for voter approval if project cost exceed 90 million dollars.

The courthouse project returned to the forefront of political consciousness when current Hidalgo County Judge, Ramon Garcia, pitched the project to neighboring city of Pharr, who appeared receptive to the offer.  The move was criticized by Pulido, aswell as newly elected Edinburg Mayor, Richard Molina as political posturing, as Garcia should have known the legal hurdles that would make the changing of county seats difficult, if not impossible.

The press release is provided in full below. Continue reading “Pulido calls for Courthouse project referendum; wants voters to decide cost and location”

Cortez bends position on UTRGV Medical School funding; health care tax

Edinburg – Hidalgo County Judge candidate, Richard Cortez  appears to reneging on his committment to keep local tax payers dollars from supporting both UTRGV School of Medicine and the ever un-popular health care taxing district. Cortez spoke with Mark Hanna from The Rio Grande Guardian’s Conversation With The Candidates series.

Throughout the recorded conversation, Mr. Cortez reiterated is unwavering support for School of Medicine and the need to local citizens to invest (tax dollars) into the school if they ever want to see the school bear any economic fruit. Continue reading “Cortez bends position on UTRGV Medical School funding; health care tax”

RGV Vipers facility to not pay property taxes for 30 years

Edinburg – The lease agreement between the City of Edinburg and the Vipers’ Corporation, which seems to have been written by someone in the Vipers’ Corporation is clearly primarily beneficial to the Vipers’.   In fact, we fail to see any benefit to the city.

The lease payment to the City will be ONE DOLLAR A YEAR

  • The Vipers’ will have ultimate-use-authority over the facility, little or no revenue will come to the City for thirty years.
  • The Vipers’ authority includes leasing to private businesses certain areas of the facility.
  • The City will pay all utilities including a maintenance fee to ensure effective day-to-day operation.
  • NO PROPERTY TAXES WILL BE PAID to the City, County, ISD or other taxing bodies for thirty years.

Continue reading “RGV Vipers facility to not pay property taxes for 30 years”

Joseph Palacio’s wife transferred to Hidalgo Co Public Relations Dept

The transfer has been criticized as a conflict of interest risk.

Edinburg – The Hidalgo County Commissioners Court on Tuesday approved of a lateral transfer of the wife of County Commissioner, Joseph Palacio’s from Health and Human Services Department to the Public Relations Department.   Palacios’s abstained from the vote.

Misti Palacios will retain the same job title, and pay of Executive Assistant IV once the move becomes effective on January 1, 2018. Continue reading “Joseph Palacio’s wife transferred to Hidalgo Co Public Relations Dept”

McAllen proposes “Drainage Utility Fee” to address drainage concerns

McAllen – The City of McAllen is proposing a creation of a “Drainage Utility Fee” ordinance in order to fund drainage related improvements.  The city held a public informational to address citizens questions and concerns on Monday, December 18 and will hold an other informational tonight at Palmview Community Center.

Citizens have acknowledged the need for drainage improvements, but question why households are expected to foot the bill, considering alternative funding methods may already be available. Continue reading “McAllen proposes “Drainage Utility Fee” to address drainage concerns”

Fewer Blacks, Hispanics Go Jobless Under Trump

by Fred Lucas, The Daily Signal

More black and Hispanic Americans are getting jobs on President Donald Trump’s watch, the latest employment numbers show, although critics accuse him of ignoring such minority populations.

The White House, not surprisingly, is happy to tout the results.

Unemployment among blacks declined from 8 percent one year ago to 7.3 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Blacks’ labor force participation rate rose slightly over the past year, from 61.9 percent in November 2016 to 62.2 percent last month.

Unemployment among Hispanics fell by a percentage point, from 5.7 percent to 4.7 percent, over the year. Hispanics’ labor force participation rate held steady, dipping from 65.7 percent to 65.6 percent.

The labor force participation rate reflects the percentage of Americans working or actively looking for work, while the unemployment rate is the percentage of jobless Americans still looking for work, as opposed to having given up.

“All Americans continue to see results from the president’s bold economic agenda,” White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters told The Daily Signal in a written statement, adding:

While overall unemployment in November remained at a nearly 17-year low, the rate is also at historic lows among several groups, including Hispanics—where it is the lowest in at least 44 years—and African-Americans—where it is at its lowest levels since 2000.

The overall unemployment rate fell to 4.1 percent, a 17-year low. It was 3.6 percent among whites and 3 percent among Asians, about the same for both as a year ago.

Teen unemployment, measured from ages 16 to 19, was the dark lining. Though it dropped nominally from November 2016, from 26.6 to 25.5 percent, that’s up from 23.3 in July.

Limiting taxes and curbing unnecessary government regulation makes it easier for workers and entrepreneurs to succeed, said Daniel Garza, president of the Libre Initiative, a conservative Hispanic group.

“The Hispanic community is beginning to see the benefits of an improving economy. Lawmakers in Washington have a critical opportunity to deliver on tax reform that lowers rates, closes loopholes, and enhances competitiveness—which families and entrepreneurs are counting on,” Garza told The Daily Signal in an email statement, adding:

By locking these reforms in place for the long term, Congress and the president will help to ensure a stable environment that encourages greater economic opportunity and wage growth. Reducing the tax rate on American businesses to 20 percent—without creating new tax burdens—will be particularly helpful in ensuring the U.S. economy is competitive with those of our major trading partners, boosting the prospects of American workers and families. Hispanic families stand to gain a great deal if lawmakers deliver on these promises in the days ahead.

The economy has surpassed 3 percent growth for several months.

When President Barack Obama was in the White House, critics of candidate Trump said 3 percent growth would be impossible, noted Stephen Moore, an economist who is a distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation.

“The left’s problem is that they said there is no way to grow the economy at 3 percent, and now they say it’s because of Obama,” Moore, who advised the Trump campaign on economics, told The Daily Signal. “Every economic indicator, with no exceptions, shows we are looking at forward growth. It’s very positive, and a dramatic improvement.”

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University now using Care Bears to help students who feel “grumpy or stressed”

by Alex, The Red Pill Times

A dorm for honors students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst put up a display featuring Care Bears characters in an effort to offer advice for “grumpy or stressed” students.

The display advises students to “Make time for FUN!” and to remember that “laughter is the best medicine.”

Via Campus Reform

A dorm display at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst is using Care Bears to help students who feel “grumpy or stressed.”

“Feeling grumpy or stressed? Let the Care Bears help!” the display states above a large, hand-drawn rainbow adorned with bit of advice for students.

“It’s important to take care of ourselves! Self-care is an active choice and you should treat it as such,” one section proclaims, while other suggest that students “surround yourselves with supportive people” and “reminders of what you love.”

The display also suggests goofing around with friends, making time for fun, eating healthy, and getting enough sleep.

According to Bradley Polumbo, a sophomore at UMass-Amherst, the display was posted in Birch Hall, the dorm for students in the Honors College.

“Frankly, I just think it’s ridiculous,” Polumbo told Campus Reform. “The people that live in this dorm are either 20 or 21 years old. We could be overseas fighting in wars right now, or working full time with kids at home to feed.”

“But the school thinks we need Care Bears to remind us that we’re supposed to eat healthy and sleep and night?” Polumbo said, questioning the display. “If you don’t know that by age 20 you have bigger problems, and probably shouldn’t be pursuing a degree until you get those sorted out.”

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WE CALLED IT! Gloria Allred Accuser **ADMITS** She Tampered With Roy Moore’s Yearbook ‘Signature’ (VIDEO)

by Joshua Caplan, The Gateway Pundit

In a last ditch effort to take down Republican Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, the mainstream media wheeled out discredited Gloria Allred accuser Beverly Young Nelson.

Big mistake. Nelson admitted on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” that she added “notes,” to what she claims is Moore’s signature inside her yearbook.

GMA : “Nelson says she did make notes to [Moore’s] inscription, but the message was all Roy Moore.”

ABC HOST: “Beverly, he did sign your yearbook.”

NELSON: “He did sign it.”

ABC HOST: “And you made some notes underneath?”

NELSON: “Yes.”

As The Gateway Pundit’s Jim Hoft reported, there are growing calls that Gloria Allred and Beverly Nelson should be charged with fraud.

And in case you missed it… The Gateway Pundit has previously posted on the several discrepancies with Beverly Nelson’s press conference.

Following The Gateway Pundit’s viral story on Judge Roy Moore’s alleged signature inside accuser Beverly Young Nelson’s yearbook, more evidence suggested it was a forgery. 

CNN published photos of the signature showing two different inks.

The signature says “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, ‘Merry Christmas.’ Love, Roy Moore DA, 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House.”

Strangely, “To a sweeter more beautiful girl I could not say, ‘Merry Christmas.’ Love, Roy,” is written in black ink, while “Moore DA, 12-22-77, Olde Hickory House,” is in blue ink.

Photo credit: CNN

Nelson admitting that she added to Moore’s alleged signature is the final nail in the coffin. Allred’s accuser is nothing but a fame-seeking fraud.

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