Humane Society of Uvalde Fur Ball
Saturday, Feb. 2
Uvalde Country Club
Uvalde, TX

San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo
Feb. 7-24
AT&T Center
3201 E. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX

Friday Night Fever
Friday, Feb. 8
Wommack Chevrolet
1955 U.S. 90 E.
Castroville, TX

Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering
Feb. 22-24
Sul Ross State University
400 North Harrison St.
Alpine, TX

San Antonio District Office
Falcon International Bank
2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
210.932.2568
Toll Free 1.800.459.0119
Fax 210.932.2572
Eagle Pass District Office
Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
830.758.0294
Fax 830.758.0402
Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
432.447.0270
Fax 432.447.0275
Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
512.463.0119
Fax 512.463.1017
February 2013 - Message from Carlos
Gov. Rick Perry began his State of the State address by declaring that Texas is "stronger than ever." It is true that Texas has a strong economy and is helping to lead the nation out of recession. The oil and gas industry certainly has never been stronger, and the people of Texas are strong willed and resilient.

Yet there are different ways to measure strength, and in some important areas, Texas could be doing better.

The governor spoke a lot about school choice, which would benefit charter and private schools, but did not call for a stronger investment in public education. He talked about the tough choices that had to be made in the last session, but did not call for restoring any of the $5 billion that was cut from public schools — even though we have the money now to do so.

In the area of health care, the governor renewed his vow to reject an expansion of Medicaid and the establishment of insurance exchanges called for under the Affordable Care Act. Recent studies show that Texas would be better off financially by accepting the federal resources that would come with expansion, yet the governor would let that money go to other states, leaving elderly and other at-risk Texans with sub-standard health care.

I applaud and share the governor's enthusiasm about the state economy and the role of ordinary citizens in its resurgence. And I was delighted that he called for spending $3.7 billion from the rainy day fund on water and transportation infrastructure. With limited water resources, a drought-prone climate, and battered county roads from energy production, Senate District 19 is ground zero for such need. Gov. Perry should be congratulated for recognizing the vital importance of these investments.

The governor also realizes the importance of a strong economy and what it means to everyone — from corporate owners all the way to ordinary working citizens. But to maintain a strong economy, government must step up to the plate and make sure our citizens are healthy and educated for the 21st Century workforce.

Yes, Texans are strong, and so is our economy, but until we resolve to fully commit our resources to health and education, we won't be "stronger than ever." We can do better.

Semper Fi!

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Rodeo time!

February means it's rodeo time in the Alamo City, and Sen. Uresti is pleased to be appointed as an honorary director of the San Antonio Livestock Exposition.

The position was created to honor individuals who recognize SALE's mission as a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to support the youth of Texas.

The stock show and rodeo kicks off on Thursday, Feb. 7, and runs through Sunday, Feb. 24. As a SALE honorary director, and a member of the Senate Agriculture, Rural Affairs, and Homeland Security Committee, Sen. Uresti encourages the citizens of San Antonio to come out and enjoy this annual event and support the young people and volunteers who make it happen.

New Devils River Access Permit Process Takes Effect Feb. 1

Paddlers who plan to put in or take out of the Devils River on public lands managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Val Verde County must first obtain a permit from the agency, beginning Feb. 1.

The new Devils River Access Permit is a key component of a pilot program designed to provide opportunities for responsible, resource-compatible public use of the Devils River, while respecting private landowner rights and protecting the ecological health of the river and its fragile ecosystem.

“We believe that with this new permitting process the department has done due diligence in following the recommendations of a diverse group of landowners, conservation organizations and paddling groups,” said TPWD Executive Director Carter Smith. “The permit system helps strike a balance between private landowner rights and the rights of the public to access the river for recreation. We will monitor how this pilot works and can make adjustments if needed.”

To learn more about the permitting process, river etiquette and the unique challenges of a Devils River trip, paddlers should visit: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/devils-river

CPS Energy Starts 2013 with Renewable Energy

After closing out a year with significant investments in low-emission generation, CPS Energy kicked off 2013 with 200 megawatts of new wind power with Los Vientos I — a coastal windfarm now online and supplying power to Greater San Antonio and the state’s electric grid.

CPS Energy executed a 25-year power purchase agreement with Duke Energy for the power from Los Vientos I, raising its total wind-energy capacity to 1,059 megawatts. The partnership will bring significant educational investments to the San Antonio area while helping CPS Energy shield its customers from environmental regulatory risks by investing in clean energy and innovative technologies, essential components of CPS Energy’s new energy economy.

Los Vientos is located on 30,000 acres of land in Willacy County, 120 miles south of Corpus Christi and 20 miles inland from the Gulf of Mexico. With 87 Siemens wind turbines, rated at 2.3 megawatts each, the facility will generate enough electricity for nearly 40,000 area homes.

For more information, visit: www.cpsenergy.com

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