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Imposition of State Income Tax among one of many Amendments set to be put up to voters in November

Texas is one of the few places to not impose a State Income Tax.

However, in the upcoming 2019 Amendments election, the voters will decide if all that changes.

Among the 10 proposed amendments, the State is looking for voters to approve a State Income Tax which would open the door for a referendum election in the future.

The voter will ultimately decide if they will prohibit the State from imposing this Income Tax which would be consistent with federal law.

Such imposition could be beneficial to some but detrimental to others.

Allowing for it to pass in November would then give law makers an opportunity to structure a referendum in the future seeking for Texas voters to vote either for or against a State Income Tax imposition.

At this point, Texas is one of seven states without a personal income tax and has never levied a tax on personal income. 43 other states collect an income tax in addition to the federal income tax.

A “yes” vote in November, supports this amendment to prohibit the state from levying an income tax on individuals.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, thus continuing to allow the state to enact a tax on individuals in the future through a statewide referendum.

As of 2019, the Texas State Constitution requires the state legislature to put legislation enacting an income tax before voters as a statewide referendum, which voters could approve or reject. Referring the referendum to voters requires a simple majority vote (50%+1) in each legislative chamber.

Proposition 4 would replace the referendum requirement with a ban on enacting an income tax on individuals. Removing the ban in the future would require a constitutional amendment, which needs a two-thirds vote in each legislative chamber and voter approval.

Early voting will run through October 21 to November 1 with election day to take place on November 5, 2019.

*Press Release* Border Patrol Agents Rescue Group of 28 from Rio Grande River

Eagle Pass, Texas U.S. Border Patrol agents working with the Eagle Pass South Station marine unit rescued 28 people from the Rio Grande River, Aug. 15. These individuals found themselves in a life-threating situation, which is unfortunate and far too common as smugglers continue to show no empathy for people they attempt to cross illegally into the United States,” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “Had our agents not been there to provide rescue efforts, the situation could have ended in tragedy.”

Marine agents rescued 28 Honduran nationals, including 14 children, and to date no Russian Nationals crossing, after the group attempted to cross the Rio Grande River near the Eagle Pass Golf Course. The group entered the river guided by a smuggler who left them stranded in high-current waist-deep water. Marine agents quickly maneuvered their patrol vessel to the group and began assisting people out of the water. While the agents were helping people onto the boat, several people were swept away by the strong current. Marine agents aboard a second vessel were able to safely rescue them and shuttle them to the U.S. riverbank. The children rescued ranged from 8 months to 17 years of age.

The group was evaluated by U.S. Border Patrol EMTs and processed per CBP guidelines.

An increase of water release from Amistad Dam has elevated the river to near flood stage, creating dangerous conditions for anyone attempting to cross the Rio Grande River.

The Del Rio Border Patrol Sector is part of the Joint Task Force-West South Texas Corridor, which leverages federal, state and local resources to combat transnational criminal organizations. To report suspicious activity call the Del Rio Sector’s toll free number at 1-866-511-8727.

*Press Release* Seizure of over $600,000 in cocaine and heroin at Eagle Pass Port of Entry

EAGLE PASS, TEXAS – U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations (OFO) officers at the Eagle Pass Port of Entry intercepted a significant load of cocaine and heroin with a combined estimated street value of more than $628,000 in one enforcement action.
“I congratulate our frontline officers for their firm commitment to carry out the CBP mission and protect the public from illegal narcotics,” said Port Director Paul Del Rincon, Eagle Pass Port of Entry.

The seizure occurred on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at International Bridge I, Eagle Pass, Texas when a CBP officer referred a 2018 Toyota Camry driven by a 53-year-old male Mexican citizen traveling from Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico for a secondary examination. During a canine and physical inspection of candy filled bags in trunk of the vehicle, CBP officers discovered 332 supposed candy packages containing 57 lbs. of cocaine worth $440,300 and 30 packages containing almost 7 lbs. of black tar heroin valued at $188,400.

CBP officers seized the narcotics and the vehicle. The driver was arrested and the case was turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) special agents for further investigation

Commissioner Roberto Ruiz looking into resolution urging Assault Weapons Ban

In wake of yet another mass shooting and the government’s indecisiveness to do something about it. Governmental entities are urging National and State officials to ban Assault Type Weapons.

Maverick County Commissioner Roberto Ruiz is looking to present the Commissioners Court a resolution calling for government officials in the State and National level to quickly move and do something about the atrocious acts being committed with these weapons.

The resolution would call for a ban on all Assault Type Weapons.

Commissioner Ruiz presented a resolution at a meeting held on Monday, August 12 but it failed to be discussed due to not enough time to review the schematics of the item.

Since 1949, there have been over 27 mass shootings in the United States with fatalities totaling 10 or more. Of those mass shooting with over 10 fatalities, 18 have been in the last 20 years all involving Semi-Automatic weapons.

In 1994, a federal Assault Weapons Ban was implemented by the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. Ten years later, 2004, the bill expired and was not renewed.

Four years later in 2008, the landmark Supreme Court case of Heller v. DC was decided and held that The Second Amendment guarantees an individual’s right to possess a hand gun unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. This decision gave the Second Amendment its full legal power and has been the driving force behind controversial arguments regarding Assault Weapons Bans and gun control in this country.

Eagle Pass ISD employees are receiving a pay increase this coming school year

The EPISD Board of Trustees discussed the Superintendent’s annual compensation plan recommendation for 2019/2020 to include salary and wage structures, stipends, benefits, incentives, salary schedules,and salary increases during their meeting held on August 12.

Deputy Superintendent for Business & Finance Ismael Mijares presented the Board with information regarding a proposed salary increase and different scenarios on how to implement it.

The Eagle Pass Independent School District Board of Trustees went into executive session to discuss the different options.

Once back in open session the EPISD voted in favor of increasing Teachers salaries by 6.1 % for educators with 5 years or more in the EPISD and 5.1 % for all other qualified employees. Starting teacher pay will increase from $ 45,000 to $ 48,000.

Eagle Pass Superintendent Ismael Mijares held a Press Conference on Wednesday August 14 to announce the new salary increases for EPISD employees and also announce a decrease in the Ad Valorem Tax Rate.

Gunshots reported on Medina St. Thursday Afternoon

On Thursday, August 8, 2019, at approximately 4:45pm gunshots were reported in an area along Medina St. Eagle Pass Police Department patrol units responded to an apartment complex in which several individuals reported that a subject in a truck fired upon the building numerous times. Witnesses state that the individual fled in his vehicle, Eagle Pass Police Department officers are currently investigating the incident in attempt to identify and capture the assailant. Witnesses state that at least 5 gunshots were fired.

UMC invites the community to celebrate National Health Centers Week

United Medical Centers Chief Executive Officer William M. Worrell would like to invite the community to celebrate National Health Centers week at UMC on Wednesday August 7 from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and in the afternoon from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

‘We will be having a health fair, and medical checkups and vital information free to the public. And the event to be held in the afternoon will have services for our kids including dental screenings and other services as well. We invite you to come out and celebrate with us as a community and take advantage of the services that are to be provided, ‘ said Worrell.

Worrell emphasized the importance of a healthy community and urges anyone to access the necessary medical services in our area.

“We also want to invite the community to UMC to consult with our medical staff. It is of great importance that you visit your physician’s and give yourself the time to be on top of your well-being,” added Worrell.

United Medical Centers is the largest primary health care provider in the area with over 16,000 patients accessing their medical care on yearly basis.

“We would like to thank you for your continued support of United Medical Centers,” added Worrell.

UMC continues striving to provide the best medical services possible un an effort to assure the community’s overall well-being.

“National Health Center Week 2019 is taking place August 4-10. Our community will be joining thousands of communities around the nation to recognize and celebrate the innovative work of Community Health Centers. While there are countless reasons to celebrate America’s Health Centers, among the most important and unique is our health centers’ long success in providing access to affordable, high quality, cost effective health care to medically vulnerable and under-served people throughout the United States including in Maverick County,” concluded Worrell.