With the help of sponsors, volunteer organizations and U.S. Postal Service employees in 10,000 communities nationwide, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will conduct its 27th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday, May 11. Stamp Out Hunger is the nation’s largest single-day food drive.
Last year’s drive resulted in carriers collecting 71.6 million pounds of food from local communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Since the drive began in 1993, total donations have surpassed 1.6 billion pounds of food. The food drive has become the nation’s largest one-day campaign to collect food for distribution to needy families.
Making a donation is easy. Customers should leave their non-perishable food donations in a bag near their mailbox on Saturday, May 11, before their letter carrier arrives. In the days leading up to the food drive, letter carriers will be delivering special bags along with your mail that may be used to make donations. Food collected during Saturday’s drive will be delivered to local community churches, food banks and food pantries for distribution.
While all non-perishable donations are welcome, foods that are high in protein such as canned tuna, salmon, beans and peanut butter are most needed. Canned fruits and vegetables, whole grain, low sugar cereals, macaroni and cheese dinners and 100% fruit juice also top the list of most needed items.
Food Drive TIPS
WHAT TO GIVE: Most-wanted foods include:
Canned meats (tuna, chicken, salmon).
Canned and boxed meals (soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese).
Canned or dried beans and peas (black, pinto, lentils).
Pasta, rice cereal.
100 percent fruit juice (canned, plastic or boxed).
Boxed cooking mixes (pancake, breads).
WHAT NOT TO GIVE:
Rusty or unlabeled cans.
No expired items
Noncommercial canned or packaged items.
Alcoholic beverages or mixes or soda.
Open or used items.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $2.8 billion in April, 3 percent more than in April 2018.
“State sales tax revenue continued to grow, but at a modest pace compared to recent months,” Hegar said. “Increased sales tax collections were mostly from the construction and services sectors, while collections from retail trade saw a moderate decline.”
Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in April 2019 was up 6.2 percent compared to the same period a year ago. Sales tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 57 percent of all tax collections.
In April 2019, Texas collected the following revenue from other major taxes:
motor vehicle sales and rental taxes — $297 million, up 1.3 percent from April 2018;
motor fuel taxes — $322 million, down 0.2 percent from April 2018;
natural gas production taxes — $128.1 million, down 0.7 percent from April 2018; and
oil production taxes — $344.2 million, up 8.9 percent from April 2018.
This week the House passed SB 2, the Texas Taxpayer Transparency Act. If signed into law, taxpayers will be provided with information on who proposed to raise their property tax rates, the amount of which the taxes increased, and where and when they can go to ensure their voices are heard.
Every homeowner deserves the right to know why their property taxes increased, and this piece of legislation will ensure property owners have the tools they need to make informed decisions about their property taxes. SB 2 would require an election if a taxing unit proposes a tax increase of more than 3.5% and 2% for school districts. This gives taxpayers control over how much their tax rates increase. Should there be a meaningful reason, then local governments can make the case to their citizens.
The bill’s intent is to establish a more transparent and open process that is beneficial for everyone. The final passage of the Texas Taxpayer Transparency Act is contingent upon HB 3, “The Texas Plan” which addresses school finance reform and public education. The two bills are nearly impossible to separate, as property tax and school finance reform go hand in hand. In fact, while SB 2 limits the growth of property taxes and increases transparency, HB 3 will actually lower your property taxes by adding additional state funding for public education.
The highlights of SB 2 are:
• Lowers the rollback rate to 3.5% for most taxing units and 2% for school districts;
• Calculates how much one would owe under the proposed tax rates and discloses the "No New Revenue" tax rate for each taxing unit on an individual's tax notice (like a line-item receipt);
• Maintains the current rollback rate for special taxing units with unique situations like junior colleges, hospital districts, and those with an M&O tax rate of $0.025 or less;
• Further enhances tax notices by requiring local governments to include a chart comparing what the recipient paid in property taxes last year versus what they will pay this year;
• Gives taxpayers the option of filling out a short form - attached to their electronic tax notice - that will generate a message outlining the taxpayer's stance on their tax rate before automatically sending it to the appropriate taxing unit.
With the passage of SB 2, the House has now accomplished its top three priorities. The other two were a fiscally responsible budget and a substantial school finance plan. I'm proud to have voted for all three, which work together to provide meaningful tax reform and relief for Texans that desperately need it.
As the last few weeks of session are approaching, there are many deadlines that the House must meet in order for legislation to advance. If you have any questions about legislation that has already passed or which is still pending, please contact me at email@example.com or one of my office numbers. My Capitol office number is (512) 463-0556 and my district office is (903) 935-1141. It is with your input that I am able to best represent you as we finish the 86th Legislative Session.
US 82 – From SH 8 to Spur 86 east of New Boston, resurfacing highway.
FM 3129 – From US 59 to SH 77, resurfacing highway.
SH 11 – From Morris County Line to FM 130, upgrading guard rails.
I-20 – Through Harrison County, repairing concrete pavement. Expect lane closures and delays at various locations
SH 43 – at I-20 overpass, conducting preventative maintenance work on overpass.
Loop 281– at I-20 overpass, conducting preventative maintenance work on overpass.
I-20 – at the Louisiana State Line, LaDOTD is conducting a bridge widening project just across the state line. Expect delays and watch for stopped traffic.
US 80 – At Tom Brown Road in Hallsville, adding left turn lane and upgrading signal.
FM 9 – From FM 2625 to Panola County Line, resurfacing highway.
FM 451 – From 0.6 mile east of FM 31 to FM 9, resurfacing highway.
US 59 – From two miles north of SH 49 to Cass County Line, repairing concrete pavement.
US 259 – From FM 250 to FM 557, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.
US 259 – From FM 557 to SH 155, rehabbing and resurfacing highway.
SH 149 – At SH 315, constructing overpass and widening highway.
FM 699 – At FM 2517, reconstructing intersection.
US 59 – From FM 2792 to Harrison County Line, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.
US 271 – At Ripley Creek and Ripley Creek Relief, replacing bridges.
US 271– From SH 155 South to FM 726, upgrading guard rails, repairing pavement and resurfacing highway.