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One hundred and thirty-three years ago this month, the current Texas Capitol was officially dedicated. On May 16, 1888, the dedication ceremony was held with a service, parade and celebration to mark its opening. More than 20,000 people attended the week of festivities. There were military demonstrations, concerts, drill crew competitions and fireworks. Senator Temple Houston, Sam Houston’s youngest son, accepted the building on behalf of the state.

Here are five things going on around your condition:

1. Texas launches mobile vaccination team

This week, the governor of the Texas Emergency Management Division (TDEM) and the Texas Military Department (TMD) announced the launch of the state’s mobile vaccination team call center. The call center will allow businesses and civic organizations of 10 or more employees, visitors or members to schedule a visit by a state mobile vaccination team to vaccinate those who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated. Home Texans can also call the hotline to request a vaccination team to visit their home. These teams are made up of members of the Texas National Guard and coordinated by TDEM. This innovative program will increase access to vaccines statewide, especially in underserved areas. The hotline telephone number is 844-90-TEXAS.

2. The governor signs the bill n ° 1195 exempting PPP loans from the franchise tax

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government provided Paycheck Protection Program loans to help small businesses whose operations have been affected by the pandemic keep their workers on their payroll. These loans were also eligible for loan forgiveness under certain circumstances. Normally, companies receiving PPP loans or grants would still be taxed on the amount of money received as part of their total revenue subject to the franchise tax. To remedy this, Senator Kelly Hancock sponsored and Governor Abbott signed Bill 1195. Under this bill, businesses that received these loans will not have to pay franchise tax on them. funds they have received. This bill reflects our commitment to the recovery and support of our small businesses.

3. Texas Named Best State for Business by Top CEOs

The nation’s top CEOs have once again named Texas ‘Best State for Business’. This is the 17th consecutive year that Texas has won the designation in a survey conducted by Chief Executive Magazine. Rankings are determined by CEOs’ assessment of each state’s fiscal policy and regulatory climate, the size and availability of the talent pool, and the quality of life. Coming in second was Florida, followed by Tennessee, North Carolina and Indiana. California was ranked lower again. Texas does not have a corporate or personal income tax, which CEOs and business leaders carefully consider when deciding to start a business or move their business. People know Texas is the best place to start or run a business.

4. Turkey’s Super Stocking Program Aims to Increase East Texas Turkey Population

The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife has created a program to restore the East Texas wild turkey population. Rapid habitat changes and the unregulated harvest of eastern wild turkeys around the turn of the 20th century, according to TPWD, led to such severe depletion that turkeys were wiped out from the area. In 1979, TPWD began releasing eastern wild turkeys that they had trapped in other states in the region. Now the agency has started “super stocking” turkeys. The program started in 2014 and continues to this day. Super storage means releasing a large number of birds in a specific area so that they have a better chance of establishing a population. The ministry said it has released nearly 1,000 birds in 12 locations over the past seven years. Success in these areas has led to the expansion of the program and this year they have released over 100 birds in three locations. The eastern turkey hunting season runs until May 14 and is only permitted in 13 counties in eastern Texas.

5. Texas receives $ 15.8 billion in pandemic aid, more for counties and cities

The latest round of pandemic stimulus funding has brought in billions of dollars for Texas and local governments, including cities and counties. This money comes with fewer restrictions on its use, and some will go directly to small towns for the first time. It can be used to fill gaps in municipal budgets; hire government employees, including teachers, police and firefighters; and funding housing, mental health services and other government programs. It can also go towards some infrastructure projects, such as broadband expansion.

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