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Perry touts the Texas model, but state Sen. Shapleigh tells a different Economist story

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been making the rounds telling the story of Texas’ model for economic success — essentially, low taxes and conservative values — and the Economist magazine has a special report title A Lone Star Rising. The article notes the rapidly changing demographics of Texas, however, and questions the impact on the economic future of the state (one might question how they forecast the impact, but that’s another story).

The article also quotes state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh as a leading critic of the state’s vision and leadership: “Wander round to the Senate side of the state capitol, though, and you will hear a different Texan tale. There, you might encounter Eliot Shapleigh, the Democratic state senator for a district centred on El Paso, on the extreme west of the Mexican border. Mr Shapleigh publishes his own report: “Texas on the Brink”. His statistics are a lot less rosy. Texas has the highest proportion of people lacking health insurance of all 50 states; the third-highest poverty rate; the second-highest imprisonment rate; the highest teenage-birth rate; the lowest voter turnout; and the lowest proportion of high-school graduates. Mr Shapleigh is not surprised that these figures are so terrible: Texas spends less on each of its citizens than does any other state. Being a low-tax, low-spend state has not made Texans rich, though they are not dirt-poor either; their median income ranks 37th among the 50 states.”

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

July 10, 2009 at 11:54 am

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Appointment for Bridge Commission makes one think of the Yarbrough area blowup

The flap over the international bridge someone in the Mission Valley drew some elected officials to make strong public comments in opposition. One of those was state Rep. Norma Chavez; one of Chavez’s key staff members is Lilia Ruiz. Which makes this, on Tuesday’s City Council agenda, an interesting appointment.

4C. Lilia Ruiz to the International Bridge Commission by Representative Emma Acosta, District 3. [Representative Emma Acosta, (915) 541-4572]

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July 10, 2009 at 5:17 am

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EPPD Chief Allen statement on the Chico’s incident

News release late Thursday from EPPD Chief Greg Allen:

OFFICIAL STATEMENT FROM EL PASO POLICE CHIEF GREG ALLEN REGARDING THE RECENT INCIDENT AT CHICO’S TACOS

This statement is to correct and clarify prior statements by various employees of the El Paso Police Department made to the media regarding the application of the law on public accommodation and discrimination to the events that occurred on or about June 29, 2009,at the Chico’s Tacos restaurant.

First and foremost, these prior statements were an incorrect recitation of the law. The current local law clearly states that it is within the responsibility of government, including its employees, to bring about through fair, orderly and lawful procedures, the opportunity of each person to obtain goods and services in all process of public accommodation without fear of discrimination.

The El Paso Police Department recognizes the negative impact that discrimination can have on a community. Thus, the police department is mandated to conduct itself with dignity, which means that all employees will be courteous and respectful in their official dealings with the public and that all employees will maintain an awareness of those laws, polices and other factors that affect their responsibilities.

I, therefore, require that all employees of the police department maintain a level of competence that keeps them abreast of the current laws and requirements of the law enforcement profession. Failure to maintain such will result in appropriate discipline.

I, therefore, require that all employees of the police department maintain a level of competence that keeps them abreast of the current laws and requirements of the law enforcement profession. Failure to maintain such will result in appropriate discipline.

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July 10, 2009 at 5:16 am

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