Texas Proud in Pecos
Mar. 1-3
Buck Jackson Arena
Pecos, TX

Uvalde Piecemakers Quilt Show
Friday, March 1
Herby Ham Adult Activity Center
Uvalde, TX

Fort Clark Days Festival
Saturday, March 2
Historic Fort Clark Springs
Brackettville, TX

Four Square Friday
Friday, March 8
6:00-9:00 pm

Downtown Uvalde
Uvalde, TX

Fiesta of Gems
Saturday, March 16
San Antonio Event Center
8111 Meadow Leaf Dr.
San Antonio, TX

Wild Hog Festival
Mar. 23-24
Veterans Memorial Live Oak Park
1001 N. Center St.
Sabinal, TX

Ozona Easter Egg Hunt
Sunday, March 31
Town Square
11th Street at Avenue E.
Ozona, TX

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2530 SW Military Drive
Suite 103
San Antonio, Texas 78224
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Maverick County Courthouse
501 Main Street
Suite 114
Eagle Pass, Texas 78852
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Pecos District Office
312 S. Cedar Street
Suite 100
Pecos, Texas 79772
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Capitol Office
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
Fax 512.463.1017
March 2013 - Message from Carlos
It's hard to believe that the 83rd Texas Legislature is approaching the mid-point of its 140-day session. The constitutional prohibition on passing bills during the first 60 days will end March 8, and the legislative process will really pick up speed.

The most important bill that the Legislature passes — in fact, the only one required by the Texas constitution — is the biennial budget. House and Senate budget writers are in the process of crafting a spending plan for the 2014-15 biennium, but first we are tending to some businesses left over from the 2011 session.

The House has passed a supplemental budget for the current biennium that provides $4 billion for Medicaid, which the Legislature underfunded two years ago. The Senate will also pass a bill to plug this Medicaid budget hole, and I look forward to voting for it.

It also looks like budget writers are going to restore some of the $5 billion in budget cuts to public education that have forced schools to layoff teachers and increase classroom sizes. I will continue to work for the restoration of these funds and make sure that schools don't get shortchanged again when we pass the next budget, which becomes effective on Sept. 1.

In the meantime, I look forward to pursuing my own legislative agenda and getting some important things accomplished for Senate District 19.

For Eagle Ford Shale counties, I want to create a road improvement fund comprised of oil and gas severance taxes. County roads have taken a terrible beating from the oil boom, and it's time for the state to help out our counties.

I've also filed legislation to raise the legal smoking age in Texas from 18 to 21, ban the sale of sugary drinks at public schools, curb the abuse of certain prescription drugs, allow online voter registration, provide child care for teen mothers at high risk for dropping out of high school, and end the corporate exemption from paying local hotel-motel taxes.

I know these issues are important to the people of Senate District 19 because that's what I'm hearing from them. So far this session, I have met with county judges, commissioners, mayors, school superintendents, business leaders, and students from Bexar, Crockett, Frio, Kinney, Maverick, Real, and Val Verde counties. They know their communities need help, and that's what I'm here for!

Semper Fi!

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Missions' preservation group wins prestigious award

The Texas Historical Commission has named Old Spanish Missions, Inc., which has raised money to preserve San Antonio's missions, the recipient of the Governor's Award for Historic Preservation.

Sen. Carlos Uresti praised OSM, Inc., for its work on behalf of missions Concepcion, Espada, San Juan, and San Jose, which are in Senate District 19.

"Though my district is vast and possesses a rich cultural heritage from end to end, it contains no other structures that are more historically significant or more reflective of the ties that bind Texas to both its past and its future," Uresti said in a letter to Father David Garcia, Archdiocesan Director for OSM, Inc.

Uresti said he hoped the recognition will boost efforts to have the missions designated as a World Heritage Site.

The Historical Commission will formally present the award later this year.

Sul Ross announces student scholarships

Refinancing construction bond debt has saved Sul Ross State University $1.8 million — all of which will be applied to student scholarships through 2022.

The university announced the availability $75,000 in scholarships for area high school graduates and community college transfer students who are currently applying for the fall 2013 semester. The scholarships will be awarded at two levels.

Six students — one each from Alpine, Presidio, Marfa, Marathon, Fort Davis and Fort Stockton high schools who graduate in the top 25 percent of their class — will receive $3,000 scholarships.

In addition, Sul Ross will provide $1,000 scholarships to 37 area high school students who graduate in the top half of their class, and $1,000 scholarships to 20 transfer students who are members of Phi Beta Kappa or transfer with a 3.0 or higher GPA from Midland College, Odessa College, El Paso Community College, San Antonio College or Howard College.

Funding for the scholarships was made possible through the Texas State University System’s refinancing of Sul Ross’ construction bond debt earlier this year.

"I’m pleased that we were able to save Sul Ross nearly two million dollars by refinancing construction debt, and I can’t think of a better way to invest that money than making sure students from the Big Bend region have the opportunity to attend college close to home," said TSUS Chancellor Brian McCall.

Casa Verde Program saving homeowners money and energy

CPS Energy's Casa Verde home weatherization program made more than $2.3 million in weatherization improvements to roughly 800 homes in 2012, and this year the program aims to make 3,400 Greater San Antonio homes more energy efficient in an effort to reduce energy demand and help customers lower bills.

Funding for the program is provided by CPS Energy’s Save for Tomorrow Energy program, which allows customers to benefit from free upgrades, including attic and wall insulation, weather-stripping, replacement of incandescent light bulbs, solar screens, and duct seals.

The program is available to qualifying low-income customers who live in Atascosa, Bexar, Bandera, Comal, Kendall, Medina, and Wilson counties.

For program guidelines and other information, visit: www.cpsenergy.com/Casaverde
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