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June 24, 2013

Senator Nichols: My five cents


AUSTIN — 4). Legislators call on federal government to give aid to West, Texas

“And we stand with you and we do not forget, and we’ll be there even after the cameras leave.” These were the words of President Obama to the residents of West, Texas in the days shortly after their April disaster.

However, that has not come to pass. In a letter dated June 10 to Gov. Perry, FEMA said it had reviewed the state’s appeal for help, but that the explosion was “not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration.”

State officials are now in the process of appealing that decision and I proudly stand with them. If FEMA will not reconsider their decision, it is my hope that the President will exercise his ability to override it and provide West with funds to repair roads and sewer lines, and to rebuild schools.

5) Tax holiday coming earlier this year

The recent passage of SB 485 and subsequent signage by Gov. Perry means a change in dates for this year’s Sales Tax Holiday. Most of you are probably familiar with this tax-free weekend that exempts clothing, footwear, backpacks and other school supplies from the state sales tax. Though kids will be glad to remember that the start of school is still two months away, parents will know this opportunity for a little savings is still in existence- and coming a bit early this year August 9-11.


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