The Midday Brief: Top Texas Headlines for Mar 5, 2010

Your afternoon reading:

• “The changes, proposed in the wake of legislation last year, would reduce charges depending on a person's income level. The qualifying level would be set at 125 percent of the poverty level, and the fines would be progressive depending on how far a person's income is below that level.” — DPS announces changes to Driver Responsibility Program finesTexas Politics

• “Texas’s own state climatologist can find no scientific basis in his state’s effort to roll back the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that greenhouse gases endanger the public.” — Texas State Climatologist Disputes State’s Denier Petition: Greenhouse Gases ‘Clearly Present A Danger To The Public Welfare’ The Wonk Room

• “The amount budgeted by the Texas Legislature for basic probation funding in 2010 has fallen short, and state and local probation officials are scrambling to find a solution.” - Local TX probation faces large, unexpected shortfallGrits for Breakfast

• “He lists as his political heroes Woodrow Wilson and Ronald Reagan.” — Who The Heck Is George Clayton?Notes from the Lege

 

• “The states that made the cut in the $4.35 billion Race to the Top competition were Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Tennessee.” — Education Finalists PickedWall Street Journal

New in The Texas Tribune:

• “If and when he withdraws his name from consideration for reelection, the chairs of the ten county Republican parties in SD-22 will vote to choose a successor to put on the ballot. Darren Yancy, who lost to Averitt on Tuesday, would like to get that support, but Sibley is working the chairs, too.” — 2010: Sibley, Standing By — The Texas Tribune  

• “Texas' senior care industry — still reeling from federal Medicare cuts — may face another financial blow, as the state considers reducing Medicaid provider rates to balance the budget in the face of a $10 billion-plus shortfall.” — A Medicaid Mess — The Texas Tribune

• “For the fourth event in our TribLive series, I interviewed Rick Perry's pollster and George W. Bush's former strategist about the results on primary night: why the governor avoided a runoff, what KBH could have done differently, whether the Tea Party is really a force to be reckoned with, and how Bill White will be caricatured on the road to November.” —Video: A Conversation with Mike Baselice and Matthew Dowd —The Texas Tribune

 

Texas Tribune donors or members may be quoted or mentioned in our stories, or may be the subject of them. For a complete list of contributors, click here.