A Celebration of the Constitution
will be held on
Saturday, September 23rd, 10am - 2pm
Tom Green County Court House Lawn
Games and Prizes for the Kids
Free Constitutions While Supply Lasts
The San Angelo TEA Party’s goal is to educate, motivate, and inspire our fellow citizens to actively participate in the political process. All meetings are open to the public, everyone is welcome to attend. Meetings are the 2nd Tuesday at 6:30 pm at the West Texas Training Center, Howard College, 3501 US Hwy 67, San Angelo, TX. We'll have the coffee made and some delicious snacks on the table!
Please join us. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at 6:30 PM on the 2nd Tuesday of each month at the West Texas Training Center (Howard College), 3501 N. US Highway 67, San Angelo 76905
The biggest part of your Tom Green County property tax bill by far is assessed by the San Angelo Independent School District. This is an opportunity to learn more about its method of determining the tax rate, its spending priorities and plans for the future, and to ask questions. Join us for what will be an interesting, informative session. It is important to be aware of what goes on in DC and Austin, but it is in our own backyard where we have the most control and influence. Let's not fall down on the job of holding our School District, our City and our County accountable for their actions.
KrisAnne Hall is an attorney and former prosecutor, fired after teaching the Constitution to TEA Party groups – she would not sacrifice liberty for a paycheck. She is a disabled veteran of the US Army, a Russian linguist, a mother, pastor’s wife and a patriot. She now travels the country and teaches the Constitution and the history that gave us our founding documents. KrisAnne Hall does not just teach the Constitution, she lays the foundations that show how reliable and relevant our founding documents are today. She presents the “genealogy” of the Constitution – the 700 year history and five foundational documents that are the very roots of American Liberty.
"ALL POLITICAL POWER IS INHERENT IN THE PEOPLE, AND ALL FREE GOVERNMENTS ARE FOUNDED ON THEIR AUTHORITY, AND INSTITUTED FOR THEIR BENEFIT."
(Texas Constitution Article 1, Section 2)
A Project of TPPEC (Tea Party Patriots of Eastland County) We all like
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Our Mission: Encourage and support liberty-minded officials, especially at the State level, to hold fast to conservative, Constitutional principles with integrity.
What we do: Equip ordinary citizens – us – to send positive, timely appreciation to public servants who act with integrity and conservative principals.
Local Government Meetings
Tom Green County Commissioners Meetings
Every Tuesday, open to the public
8:30 A.M. in the Edd B. Keyes Building, 113 West Beauregard
San Angelo City Council Meetings
The City Council meets twice a month, meetings are open to the public and are held on the first and third Tuesday of the month at 8:30 a.m. at the McNease Convention Center, 501 Rio Concho Drive
Pre-agenda work sessions are normally held on the second Monday of each month, and regular meetings are normally held on the third Monday of each month. All meetings normally begin at 5:30 p.m in the Administrative Building Boardroom, 1621 University Avenue.
Wall ISD School Board Meetings - Regular School Board Meetings are held the second Tuesday or Wednesday of each month, at 7:00 pm, in the Wall ISD Administration Building, 8065 Loop 570, Wall.
Grape Creek ISD Board of Education meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of each month in the community room at the Administration Building, 8207 U.S. Hwy. 87 North.
Next meeting September 12, 2017
Guest Speakers will be SAISD Board Member Bill Dendle and Financial Officer Jeff Bright
Hillsdale College Online Courses
American Heritage–From Colonial Settlement to the Current Day
On July 4, 1776, America—acting under the authority of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God”—declared its independence from Great Britain. The new nation, founded on the principle that “all Men are created equal,” eventually grew to become the most prosperous and powerful nation in the world. This course will consider the history of America from the colonial era to the present, including major challenges to the Founders’ principles.
Thank you to Grassroots America, We the People for compiling this list.
Here’s a list of Gov. Abbott’s Special Session items and the outcome. There are 22 items listed because teacher pay and benefits were split, as were public school finance improvements and a school finance study commission. (Thanks to Sen. Konni Burton for assistance. Editorial comments are all JoAnn’s.)
1. $1,000 teacher pay increase from existing school appropriations (Senate passed - House FAIL)
2. Greater flexibility in hiring/firing teachers for school districts (Did not pass out of either chamber)
3. Commission to study/make recommendations for overhaul of school finance system (Passed both chambers and sent to Governor's desk)
4. School choice for special needs students (Passed Senate only – House FAIL)
5. Property tax reform with strong rollback provision (Both chambers passed their own version, but no final agreement was made. Senate had 4% rollback, exempting entities with property tax and sales tax levies of $20 million or less. House version had 6% rollback, no universal automatic elections, no opt in for exempted entities, and a $25 million exemption.) House FAIL. Straus & Bonnen refused to appoint conferees. Straus adjourned the House in a “take it or leave it” threat. Dan Patrick had promised he would not blink, and he did not.
6. Caps on state and local spending (State spending limit passed Senate only; House Fail. Local spending limit did not pass out of either chamber. There were not enough GOP Senators in favor of a local spending limit! We have work to do on this one!)
7. Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land (Stronger Senate version died in House; weaker House version passed both chambers and sent to Governor's desk)
8. Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects (Did not pass out of either chamber)
9. Speeding up local government permitting process (Passed Senate only; House FAIL)
10. Municipal annexation reform (Passed out of both chambers and sent to Governor's desk, but House added carve-out for cities with populations of 500,000+. It’s a slap in the face to other Texans.)
11. Complete preemption of related local ordinances for the just-passed statewide texting and driving ban (Passed Senate only – House FAIL)
12. Women’s Privacy Act (Passed Senate only – Major House FAIL caused by Straus & Cook who never let the bill out of committee.)
13. Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union dues (Passed Senate only – House FAIL)
14. Prohibition of local taxpayer funding for abortion providers (Passed Senate only – House FAIL)
15. Prohibition on private insurance subsidizing abortion (Passed both chambers and sent to Governor's desk)
16. Strengthening abortion reporting requirements when health complications arise (Passed both chambers and sent to Governor's desk)
17. Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate orders (Passed both chambers and sent to Governor's desk)
18. Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraud (Passed both chambers and sent to Governor's desk)
19. Extending maternal mortality task force (Passed both chambers and sent to Governor's desk)
20. Teacher benefits, including TRS Care (Passed both chambers and sent to Governor's desk)
21. School finance legislation, including addressing ASATR. Additional State Aid for Tax Reduction is the promise the TX Legislature made in 2006--that no school district would receive less funding because of the reduction in property tax rates. (Passed both chambers; sent to Governor’s desk.) Although funding didn’t draw directly from the RDF, it’s funded through a Medicaid deferral, which will likely be paid out of the RDF in a budget supplemental bill next session (balancing budget on paper).
22. Sunset legislation to keep alive state agencies – passed by both chambers; sent to Governor’s desk.
West Texans for Constitutionally-Limited Government