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Trump victory turns eyes to possible Cabinet nominees

 

AUSTIN -- Republican Donald J. Trump, on his way to winning the presidential election on Nov. 8, won the vote in Texas with 4,651,955 votes, or 52.39 percent of the 8,878,152 votes cast.

Some 2,842,553 votes, or 43 percent, were cast by Texans for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, in the race for the White House.

From now until his inauguration, President-elect Trump must choose people to flesh out his administration. A few names floated as possible nominees for Cabinet-level appointments turned up in various journals last week. Texans among those were:

•U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul of Austin, chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security

•U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, chair of the House Financial Services Committee

•U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Senate majority whip and former member of the Texas Supreme Court

•Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and former state representative

•Rick Perry, former governor, agriculture commissioner and state representative.

Emergency funds called for

The Senate Finance Committee Workgroup on Child Protection met on Nov. 7 and issued the following recommendations for emergency funding to address deficits in care:

•A $12,000 annual pay raise for frontline caseworkers, to be phased in for new workers; and

•The immediate hire of 50 investigative caseworkers and 50 special investigators to ensure timely face-to-face contact with children following an allegation of abuse or neglect.

Sen. Jane Nelson, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, said, “This is the first step of a continuing effort, but rest assured we will do everything we can to protect children. There is no issue of greater importance.”

Hegar sends tax rebates

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 9 announced he would send cities, counties, transit systems, and special purpose taxing districts $737.9 million in local sales-tax allocations for November, 0.8 percent more than in November 2015.

These allocations are based on sales made in September by businesses that report tax monthly, and sales made in July, August, and September by quarterly filers.

Ed Sterling is the director of member services for the Texas Press Association in Austin. Contact him at 512-477-6755 or edsterling@texaspress.com.

 
 
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