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”

Community Service Agency director goes M.I.A, valleydelta.com reveals why.

Jaime Longoria, Executive Director of Hidalgo County’s Community Service Agency, took an abrupt and sudden leave of absence this past week, leaving many concerned parties wondering as to why.  And it is with this question, that administrators of Hidalgo County, specifically; Valde Guerra, Hidalgo County Executive Officer, are withholding the answer… Continue reading “Community Service Agency director goes M.I.A, valleydelta.com reveals why.”

City of San Juan Cancels Combined Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day Event.

Mayor San Juanita Sanchez.
Mayor San Juanita Sanchez.

Due to mounting pressure from local veteran organizations, the City of San Juan, and specifically Mayor San Juanita Sanchez, have decided to forgo the combined Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day “Cultural Heritage Day.”   Mayor Sanchez appeared live on KURV70 “The Drive Home” and explained reasoning behind the merging of the two events, yet maintained it was done in good faith and meant no disrespect to veterans and America’s servicemen and women who died serving.

Sanchez did reveal that a solemn Memorial Day observation will still occur in the morning hours, and a Cultural Event will still occur in the evening.

 

Disgraceful! City of San Juan Combines Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day Events.

In a disgusting and disgraceful display of disrespect to the memory of America’s fallen servicemen, the knuckleheads of City of San Juan, led by Mayor San Juanita Sanchez, have decided to combine the festivities of Cinco de Mayo, and Memorial Day into one event that celebrate both the cultures of Mexico and the United States.  What Mayor Sanchez fails to understand, that of these two, only Memorial Day is Federally recognized.  Of these two, only one holiday is dedicated to the memory of America’s fallen military personnel who paid the ultimate price to ensure America’s enduring freedoms and security… Continue reading “Disgraceful! City of San Juan Combines Cinco de Mayo and Memorial Day Events.”

Mayor Jim Darling, Show Us the Money!

It’s been about 5 months since McAllen’s second annual Holiday Parade, and the City of McAllen undoubtedly wanted to do things bigger and better than the inaugural year.  For the most part, the Holiday Parade and Christmas in the Park were a success in the hearts and minds of the local community, and no doubt help usher in the 2015 Holiday Season.  However, based on a simple itemized financial statement released by the city, the event all together was a financial disappointment, and netted the city, or more importantly, the tax payers, a $765,000 loss.  Despite the loss, an economic impact study was conducted on the event, and it was revealed that approximately 9.2 million was earned through local consumption associated with the parade.  With these returns, officials within city administration deemed the event an overall success. Though these same officials had an answer for the meager returns on the event, and promised better returns in subsequent years with better promotion to cut cost and increase revenues. There is one specific expense the city, especially Jim Darling refuses to reveal.  And that is the amount the City of McAllen paid Latin-pop superstar, Enrique Iglesias… Continue reading “Mayor Jim Darling, Show Us the Money!”

Cesar Chavez Would NOT Support DACA and DAPA.

On April 18, hundreds of supporters gathered in front of the Federal Courthouse in McAllen, Texas in support of the Deferred Action for Parents or Americans (DAPA) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).  The event was organized by La Union del Pueblo Entero (LUPE), an illegal immigration advocacy group, which was founded by revered labor activist, Cesar Chavez in 1989.   His presence and influence was abundantly clear as many in the crowd had their t-shirts adorned by his image.  LUPE, who favors progressive immigration reform, made mention of Chavez connection to labor rights, and community empowerment.  However, what LUPE fails to disclose, either by way of ignorance, or intentionally revising Chavez legacy, was that Cesar Chavez was staunchly anti-illegal immigration… Continue reading “Cesar Chavez Would NOT Support DACA and DAPA.”

Living Wage Rage. Why $15/hr Solves Nothing.

More money.  For those with too much of it, the mainstream media, politicians, left leaning pundits, and union leaders have influenced massive amounts of Americans on who is to blame for their current economic status.  Essentially, the reason why many of us are poor is because there are few at the top holding all the wealth. This has been a prominent stump speech talking point bellowed by Senator Bernie Sanders, a Democratic Presidential Candidate in his continuing push for income equality.  Now I will say, I don’t in any way give any clemency to the major financial institutions who’s lending practices during the mortgage crisis helped cripple the middle class.  Or disastrous or unfair trade agreements that has allowed major manufacturing, which was once

Bernie Sanders has lead the charge for Federal 15/hr Increase.
Bernie Sanders has lead the charge for Federal 15/hr Increase.

the backbone of the American economy, to take their manufacturing overseas and across our borders.  Tax benefits and lower cost of wages have also contributed greatly to the manufacturing job exodus.   With a great majority of good paying jobs gone, those in the service industries, namely the fast food sector, have decided to make a stand and demand higher wages per hour, and that higher wage per hour has a sweet spot.  $15. Continue reading “Living Wage Rage. Why $15/hr Solves Nothing.”