News

The numbers are in. And Staggering.

Friday, January 06, 2017
Final count for 2016?Nearly 300,000 illegal aliens apprehended along the Texas border. That’s caught, processed, held, returned, or released.Perspective?That’s at least three new illegal aliens for every man, woman, and child in Tyler.Reliable officials have confided in me that for every person apprehended, they believe two cross unimpeded. In effect, triple that number.Over 889,000... Read More

Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Services Resume in East Texas

Thursday, November 03, 2016
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) awarded a new contract for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) services in East Texas.The State has granted $815,000 to Community Healthcore, a provider based out of Longview, to continue ECI services. These services were previously administered through the Andrews Center. Community Healthcore will provide the same services to the same seven county service area with no changes to what clients pay. While Community Healthcore is based out of Longview, new offices will be established in the Tyler area.... Read More

Hear What They Said; A Challenge to Help

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Why did 20 conservative Texas legislators travel to East Texas to support Rep. Matt Schaefer?They worked alongside Matt in his first session in Austin.  Then they travelled to East Texas from as far away as Amarillo, Lubbock, and The Woodlands with something to say:... Read More

State of Texas to Intervene in Liberty Utility Case

Thursday, September 22, 2016
State of Texas to Intervene in Liberty Utility CaseOffice of Public Utility Counsel will Represent RatepayersRepresentative Matt Schaefer announced on Thursday that the Office of Public Utility Counsel will intervene in the Liberty Utility rate increase case, and will represent ratepayers in hearings moving forward. Liberty Utility, a private utility company operating in Smith County, but including some city residents, has proposed substantial increases in their rates for water and sewer. About 3,800 people are affected.... Read More

One Texan’s life on the border, Chapter 2

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
If you missed last week’s post, here is chapter two.Dr. and Mrs. Vickers ranch is located in Brooks County just north of McAllen, off US Hwy 281. I visited awhile ago and personally verified the reality of our security—the problem is real, folks.Illegal aliens of all sorts constantly trek through their ranch and right to their doorstep. From MS-13 gang members to young mothers with children. For the Vickers, the wide open border is a problem 24/7/365.... Read More

TISD’s Test Scores Up And Climbing

Monday, August 15, 2016
Good news! The hard work of Tyler ISD students, teachers, and staff has paid off. Test scores for 2015-16 have improved. While there is still room to grow in reading and math, many schools showed marked improvements from previous years.Tyler ISD saw gains in 11 of 17 assessment areas when compared to 2015 scores. Since 2014, TISD has gone from having 11 campuses rated by the state as “Improvement Required” down to only three campuses in 2016.... Read More

Raw: One Texan’s life on the border

Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Awhile back I visited the Vickers ranch in Brooks County just north of McAllen off US Hwy 281. I was blown away by what I saw and heard.  Illegal aliens of all sorts trekking through their ranch and right to Mike and Linda Vickers’ doorstep. From MS-13 gang members to young mothers with children. For the Vickers, the wide open border is a problem 24/7/365.... Read More

Rep. Schaefer Uncovers Massive Out-Of-State Spending In TX Food Stamp Program

Thursday, July 07, 2016
Schaefer Calls for Greater Agency Scrutiny, LoneStar Card ReformsRep. Matt Schaefer has uncovered nearly $107 million in Texas Food Stamp spending outside of the Lone Star State—with over 60 percent spent in non-bordering states, raising important questions of accountability and possible fraud in the multi-billion dollar program.... Read More

Supreme Court Is Dead Wrong

Monday, June 27, 2016
Today’s Supreme Court decision on HB2 is morally wrong, constitutionally wrong and wrong for women’s health in the State of Texas. The decision deals another blow to our federal system and the ability of states to properly ensure the health and safety of the people. I was proud to co-author this legislation in 2013 and I promise to continue the fight.... Read More

Rep. Schaefer to Nominate High School Senior for Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Nominations for the 2016-2017 Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) have opened for students entering college for the 2016-2017 academic year. Through this scholarship program, students are encouraged to become members of the Armed Services.“Service to our country has been one of the highest honors and privileges of my life. The character and skills developed in the military will follow these students throughout their lives. I look forward to seeing what the next generation of Texans will do for our state and for our nation through their service,” Rep. Schaefer said.... Read More