State Agency Accused of Monitoring Coverup at Hidalgo County Agency

Edinburg – Last December, an anonymous email circulated through the network of the Texas Association of Community Action Agenices (TACAA) informing representatives of the Association of an alleged cover up involving The Texas Department of Community Affairs (TDHCA), and its involvement with the 2015 administrative transition of County of Hidalgo Community Service Agency (CSA), which primarily administers special need assistance to low-income and elderly citizens in Hidalgo County.

The letter, written below in its entirety, accuses TDHCA, which dispatched 3 representatives to assist in the new administrative transition, of erroneously guiding management of Community Service Agency to offer less assistance to clients than what they were really eligible to be awarded, in addition, the letter compells the Association to launch an investigation into the Monitoring Report that initially included the reduced assistance as a monitoring “finding”, but was subsequently scrubbed from the final Monitoring Report by high level TDHCA Administrators. Continue reading “State Agency Accused of Monitoring Coverup at Hidalgo County Agency”

LUPE Host Film Screening.  Spams Pro Health Tax Ads!

McAllen, TX –  LUPE, a local illegal immigration advocacy group, hosted a free screening of “America Divided.”  The film, an EPIX original picture, which chronicles inequality in the United States from the perspective of wealthy and privileged celebrities, was screened at Historic Cine El Rey on Tuesday.   Never to let a good opportunity to stump go to waste, LUPE previewed not 1, not 2, not even 3, but 4 times an ad for supporting Proposition 1 and all before the feature film began. Continue reading “LUPE Host Film Screening.  Spams Pro Health Tax Ads!”

SAD! Fr. Frank Pockets the Silver for Health Care District.

Father Jerry Frank lashed out at the opposition yesterday by calling on local media to help spread the word that only parishioners were allowed to attend Health Care Workshops. Unfortunately for Fr. Frank, my media outlet, though small, will not spread the word which calls for a controlled and agenda driven discussion in favor of more taxes. Continue reading “SAD! Fr. Frank Pockets the Silver for Health Care District.”

No Surprises. The Monitor Moves the Goal Post for Healthcare District.

Once again, Naxiely Lopez of The Monitor has released an other column painting a positive spin for the creation of a Healthcare Taxing District in Hidalgo County.

Lopez takes aim at one of the counter arguments made by opponents of the Taxing District, which presents Hidalgo County as the most taxed county in the State of Texas. Continue reading “No Surprises. The Monitor Moves the Goal Post for Healthcare District.”

No Shame! Healthcare Tax Masterminds Meet in Edinburg

Edinburg – Today, 3 local Mayors and hosted a luncheon at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.  Topic of discussion was how the new School of Medicine would benefit the health care industry in Hidalgo County.  However it didn’t take long until true motivations were revealed, and that being how wonderful a Hidalgo County Healthcare Tax would be on tax paying citizens of Hidalgo County. Continue reading “No Shame! Healthcare Tax Masterminds Meet in Edinburg”

Health Care District Back on Ballot. And Why This Time It May Pass

Tuesday, August 9th, the honorable, incorruptible, and always ethical elected officials of the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court overwhelmingly approved via a 4-1 vote, to allow the Proposition of a Health Care Taxing District to be on the General Election, November 8th ballot. Of the 5 deciding officials, only Eddie Cantu of Pct 2 was the dissenting vote.  Cantu’s primary reason behind his objection had to do with language on the petition, which were presented to the court by Juanita Valdez-Cox, Director of La Union de Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an illegal immigration advocacy group, and Father Jerry Frank, of Valley Interfaith.  The petition called for an 8 cent property tax for every $100 valuation.  According to Cantu, the setting for Health Care tax rate should be reserved exclusively for the Commissioner Court appointed “Board of Directors” and the tax rate ultimately approved by Hidalgo County Commissioners. According to Senate Bill 626, the ballot must specify a proposed tax rate. However, SB 626 also allows the Court appointed Board of Directors to set a tax rate, and to be approved by the Commissioners Court.  Essentially, the rate you see at the ballot box may not ultimately be the rate Hidalgo County tax payers will have. That rate will be decided behind closed doors.  As for why the proposed 8 cents, it’s likely that it was carried over from the first attempt at establishing a medical taxing district, which was narrowly defeated in November 2014.  However, unlike 2014, the 2016 version may have a better chance at passing, and it all comes down to the numbers…. Continue reading “Health Care District Back on Ballot. And Why This Time It May Pass”