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Local high school students will have access to information and counseling about careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) thanks to a new partnership between Verizon and Weatherford College. The partnership, supported by a $10,000 Verizon grant to the WC Foundation, aims to leverage the benefits of Verizon’s commitment to STEM education with a Weatherford College program to help secondary students learn about college and career readiness.
"The WC Foundation is extremely grateful for Verizon's partnership in this program to assist local students in STEM education," explained State Representative Phil King, WC Foundation Board member, "With their help this program will go along way toward finding students that may not otherwise know about all of the opportunities that are available to them."
During this time of year, especially during Presidential election years, it's very easy to become disenchanted with all of the noise coming from both sides. I would like to urge you to do your best to break through the rhetoric, TV ads, emails and all the rest of it and put yourself in the mindset of an employer looking to hire a new employee. Think of the candidate as someone you are solely responsible for hiring to the position he or she may be running for (Justice of the Peace, Congressman, President, and anything in between).
"Phil King has been a tireless fighter for conservative values in the Texas House. He is known as a mentor, spending countless hours recruiting and training new conservative legislators ensuring the conservative brand remains strong in Texas. Phil King is the definition of a servant leader."
King remarked: “While legal and healthcare scholars are still struggling to decipher what today’s Supreme Court decision on Obamacare means, one thing is certain - the Court ruled to uphold the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act, which will have a major impact on Texas businesses.”
The Barnett Shale is responsible for over 100,000 jobs in North Texas and produced over $11 billion in annual output in 2011 alone. Barnett Shale activity accounted for 38.5 percent of the incremental growth in our local economy over the past decade. While our communities continue to benefit from the oil and gas industry, Barnett Shale activity has declined dramatically, primarily due to low natural gas prices and the high cost of drilling in our urban and suburban areas. This is why it was so disturbing when I read about a local city's recent decision to implement a new local tax on each gas well on top of very high permitting and other fees already in place.The Barnett Shale is responsible for over 100,000 jobs in North Texas and produced over $11 billion in annual output in 2011 alone. Barnett Shale activity accounted for 38.5 percent of the incremental growth in our local economy over the past decade. While our communities continue to benefit from the oil and gas industry, Barnett Shale activity has declined dramatically, primarily due to low natural gas prices and the high cost of drilling in our urban and suburban areas. This is why it was so disturbing when I read about a local city's recent decision to implement a new local tax on each gas well on top of very high permitting and other fees already in place.
It concerns me that a municipality would attempt to raise revenues with a tax focused on a single industry, particularly an industry that has provided tremendous economic benefit for the residents of North Texas and the entire state of Texas. This sector of our economy drives job growth and provides billions of dollars in revenue for state and local municipalities. The oil and gas industry paid $9.3 billion in taxes and royalties to the State of Texas in 2011. Cumulative economic benefits in the Barnett Shale region from 2001-2011 include $65.4 billion in output and 596,648 person years of employment.
State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) today expressed his frustration with the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision to include Wise County in its DFW non-attainment area. Yesterday the EPA announced their designation of Wise County to the non-attainment area, citing their belief that pollution levels had increased in the county due to natural gas exploration activities in the Barnett Shale.
Today State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) announced that the Texas Transportation Commission has approved an almost $10 million expenditure for maintenance and safety improvement projects on roads impacted by the energy sector in the Barnett Shale area. King has worked tirelessly since the Barnett Shale boom began to ensure that adequate resources are allocated for this area to maintain the safety of the roads.
“In the shadow of the Obama Administration’s out-of-control tax and spend policies, Texas must stand strong and fight to keep our budget as lean as possible,” King explained, “Texans are already taxed enough at every turn and cannot afford for government to take even more of their hard earned money. By adopting strong, conservative policies now, we can ensure that Texas remains the number one place in the country to do business. That’s why I am pledging my support for the Texas Budget Compact.”
State Representative Phil King (R-Weatherford) today lauded the organization Texans for a Conservative Budget for their hard work in laying out a conservative roadmap for the next Texas budget. King announced his intention to work toward achieving many of the measures included in the plan during the next legislative session.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is again urging Spring Breakers to avoid traveling to Mexico as a result of continued violence throughout the country.