Hidalgo Co citizens petition County Judge to end renewed health care tax push

Citizens of Hidalgo County have had enough with the health care taxing debate and are voicing their objection to Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia through an online petition.

The petition, created by resident Robert Bonds, seeks to obtain at least 500 signatures before being presented to Garcia, and the rest of the county commissioners.  As of Monday night, the petition has generated a little over 300 signatures. Continue reading “Hidalgo Co citizens petition County Judge to end renewed health care tax push”

UTRGV Medical School Dean wants taxpayers to “step up” and support health care tax

Edinburg –  John Krouse, the dean of the School of Medicine at UTRGV would like the citizens of Hidalgo County to support a health care taxing district, this according to comments he made at Tuesday’s Health care forum, hosted by the Texas Tribune.

Krouse was also joined by state Representatives Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and Oscar Longoria, and U.S. Rep Filemon Vela, with each giving their opinion and insight on the health care conundrum in the Rio Grande Valley.

When the ever important topic on how the health care problem will be funded, Krouse used the opportunity to lecture the public on what their roles are as cash givers. Continue reading “UTRGV Medical School Dean wants taxpayers to “step up” and support health care tax”

UTRGV sees large drop in graduate degree enrollment

Edinburg – The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has experienced a substantial decline in graduate enrollment according to a letter sent from UTRGV President Guy Bailey to faculty and staff on Wednesday.

In the letter, Bailey did not reveal by what margins or percentages the graduate enrollment has declined, but stressed that the reduction in enrollment could create significant challenges to the university.

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Richard Cortez officially kicks-off campaign, local leaders still unsure of electability

McAllen – Former McAllen Mayor and former District 1 Commissioner Richard Cortez officially kicked-off his bid to become the next Hidalgo County Judge. Speaking in front of supporters, Cortez assured them that he’ll work to become a County Judge that citizens would be proud of.  Current Hidalgo County Judge Ramon Garcia will not be seeking re-election.

Speaking with the Rio Grande Guardian, Cortez offered his plans on dealing with county-wide issues, one which includes his support of a highly unpopular proposal.  For the much maligned courthouse project, Cortez assures that he’ll see that it’s built on time and on budget. In speaking about the UT-RGV School of Medicine, Cortez would like to see the school fully funded. Currently, legislation in Austin have left the UTRGV Medical School with reduced funding. Proposition 1, which sought to establish a health care taxing district, would have offered additional financial support to the medical school. At this time, Cortez hasn’t made it clear whether he would support a new health care proposition.

Despite the fanfare, there are some local leaders that are still un-sold on Cortez’s appeal in a county-wide race, one official being current County Judge Ramon Garcia.

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Health Care District back on Hidalgo County Agenda

Prior attempts at establishing a healthcare taxing district have failed twice with Hidalgo County voters.

EDINBURG – A highly controversial subject is expected to be discussed once more if agenda items hold true at Tuesdays Commissioners Court meeting.  Item 8-A on the Hidalgo County agenda calls for a discussion over a “Health Care Funding District.” Previous attempts at creating at Healthcare (Hospital) District have failed twice with Hidalgo County voters, with the most recent 2016 Proposition 1 being rejected by 72% of voters. Continue reading “Health Care District back on Hidalgo County Agenda”

UTRGV Police to uphold SB 4 law

Edinburg – UTRGV campus police may uphold the newly signed SB 4 bill, which will take effect September 1st. Recently, questions arose as to what University law enforcement will do in regards to the verification of someones immigration status. Under the SB 4 bill, law enforcement may face disbarment of state funding if they do not comply with the anti-sanctuary city law.

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Hate messages at UTRGV could be an instance of Fake Hate

Incidents of false hate crime reports have occurred throughout the U.S. since the election of Donald Trump

Edinburg – Racial slurs left in the female restroom have left students shaken and left UTRGV authorities scrambling to find the individual(s) responsible for it.

The incident occurred April 10, and the offensive material was left in the first floor female restroom in the Mathematics & General Classrooms Building. 

 Staff and students were sent the following alert from UTRGV Police.

 

 

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Breaking: Suspected Arrested for string of UTRGV Burglaries

Edinburg – Authorities have just apprehended a suspect in connection with a slew of weekend burglaries that first occurred on April 2nd at UTRGV’s College of Education Building. Continue reading “Breaking: Suspected Arrested for string of UTRGV Burglaries”

Lack of Confidence for Hidalgo County Judge Race Leaves Door Open For Wildcard Candidates

Edinburg – After being elected three times as Hidalgo County Judge, Ramon Garcia has finally decided to give up the gavel.  Garcia had cited interest in returning to law full time as primary reason to not seek a re-election bid. Despite Garcia’s intent on whether to run, a slew of established challengers hovered from above, seeking their own bid on a highly coveted position. Continue reading “Lack of Confidence for Hidalgo County Judge Race Leaves Door Open For Wildcard Candidates”

UTRGV Medical School Funds Slashed – The Monitor Blames the Voters

 

Edinburg – The UTRGV School of Medicine may see it’s funds slashed, if the State Senate votes on reducing “special item”appropriations.  The University has suggested a $60 to 70 Million dollar operating budget, however the State may only be able to provide a bit short of $25 million over two-years.

Local representatives, including a delegation from UTRGV are in Austin to contest the budget slash and appeal for additional funding.  Meanwhile, now faced with reduced funding for the Medical School, the McAllen Monitor has sought to play the blame game, and took particular aim and local voters. Continue reading “UTRGV Medical School Funds Slashed – The Monitor Blames the Voters”