Tribpedia: Sid Miller

Ex-Texas Agriculture Commission Worker Alleges Discrimination

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller during a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs hearing on Dec. 8, 2015.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller during a Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs hearing on Dec. 8, 2015.

Shelia Latting, who is black, filed a lawsuit in state district court in Travis County Tuesday, claiming she lost her job a year ago as deputy chief financial officer due to racial discrimination at the agency.   

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller testifies during a hearing of the state Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs on Dec. 8, 2015. He defended a proposal to hike fees on services and licenses his agency provides.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller testifies during a hearing of the state Senate Committee on Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs on Dec. 8, 2015. He defended a proposal to hike fees on services and licenses his agency provides.

Lawmakers Grill Miller on Ag Fee Hikes

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller faced pointed questions from lawmakers Tuesday over his plan to dramatically hike fees on a host of licenses, registrations and services that his agency provides. Miller stuck to his guns, saying he he no plans to halt it.

Statewide Officeholders Staying Put in Austin

Four of the five statewide elected officials eligible to move out of the capital city following the Nov. 3 passage of Proposition 3, which repealed the state capital residency requirement, said they'll continue to call Austin home. Texas law prohibits state employees from receiving reimbursement for travel between home and work.

Group gathers at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision not to accept any refugees from Syria
Group gathers at Wooldridge Park in Austin to protest Gov. Abbott's decision not to accept any refugees from Syria

Analysis: Keeping Voters Happy Now — and Later

The terrorists attacked at a time when American political races are underway and people whose fates rise and fall with public sentiment look for ways to get some favorable attention. In real life, when someone is upset or worked up over something, you try to calm them down. Politicians reach for the gasoline.

 

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, June 5th, 2014.
Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller at Texas Republican Convention in Fort Worth, June 5th, 2014.

Ag Agency's Fee Hikes Plant Seeds of Discontent

You can bet the farm on this: The Texas agricultural community isn't happy with the state Department of Agriculture's proposed fee hikes. Commissioner Sid Miller says he's prepared to "put on my rawhide underwear and take all the chewings."

The Texas Capitol, May 15, 2015.
The Texas Capitol, May 15, 2015.

Analysis: A Political Summons With No Answer

A viable political opposition would be making hay of the mistakes of top Republicans like the attorney general and the commissioner of agriculture, and — that “and” is the most important element here — its voters would be rallying to the call. Looking for signs of a long-awaited Democratic resurgence in Texas? Sorry.

New Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller does a fist pump on election night Nov. 4, 2014.
New Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller does a fist pump on election night Nov. 4, 2014.

Miller Defends Deep Fryers in Agriculture Address

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller defended his new nutrition policy Wednesday, praising his department's decision to "abolish outdated and unneeded state mandates" and allow schools to install deep fryers and soda machines if they wish.

 

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller gives away cupcakes at a press conference on Jan. 12, 2015.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller gives away cupcakes at a press conference on Jan. 12, 2015.

Not All Districts Warm to Miller's Food Initiative

Soda machines and deep fat fryers are now allowed back in Texas public schools, thanks to Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's reversal of a 10-year ban. But many school districts say they have no appetite for reinstating the unhealthy choices for students.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Jan. 13, 2015.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Jan. 13, 2015.

Heated Debate Surrounds Push for Deep Fryers in Schools

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, the cowboy-hat-wearing champion of local control, is looking to buck a decade-old statewide ban on deep fat fryers in public schools. Putting decision-making back into the hands of Texas school districts, he says, “isn't about french fries, it's about freedom.”