Landgraf prepares for state budget debate

first_img Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter By Odessa American – April 21, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp Local NewsGovernment Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Twitter AUSTIN State Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa) is preparing for the state budget debate on the House floor, a press release detailed.Senate Bill 1, the state’s budget for 2022 and 2023, is set for debate on the House floor on Thursday.“I’m fighting for resources for the Permian Basin,” Landgraf stated in the press release. “So much of the state’s business is funded by what we do out here in West Texas, and it only makes sense for us to get our fair share of state resources so we can keep the state rocking and rolling. At the same time, I’m laser focused on keeping state spending as low as possible and only on items that are a priority for Texans.”The Texas Constitution reportedly requires the legislature to meet every two years for one primary reason: to pass a state budget for the next two years. This session’s budget bill has already passed out of the Texas Senate.Provided the budget bill is passed by the House, it will then go to a joint committee of members from the House and Senate who will iron out differences between our two versions of the budget before it is sent along to the governor, the press release stated. The Texas governor cannot veto an entire budget bill approved by the Legislature, but the governor does have authority to veto specific line items in the budget.“I have filed amendments to the budget to restore funding for UTPB to pre-pandemic levels and set aside additional funding to help police commercial vehicle traffic around the Permian Basin to make roads safer,” Landgraf stated in the press release. “We are the most productive energy producing region on earth and an integral part of the Texas economy. These facts should be reflected in the state budget.” Previous articleGOOD NEWS: Raising Child Abuse AwarenessNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: April 21 Odessa American Pinterestlast_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s Boston Cream Pie flavor giveaway gallops into Beantown

first_imgBen & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc,In honor of the original Boston Cream Pie, created in 1855 at the former Parker House Hotel in Boston, Ben & Jerry s announces its newest creation to Bostonians and pie lovers nationwide. Boston Cream Pie is a decadent mix of Boston Cream Pie ice cream with yellow cake pieces, fudge flakes and swirls of pastry cream. It s a flavor worthy of a horse ride to Lexington! (Two scoops could get you to Concord if need be…) We decided to turn the official dessert of The Commonwealth into our newest flavorTo mark its arrival, Ben & Jerry s will be offering free scoops of the new Boston Cream Pie flavor at its Boston Scoop Shop locations on Patriots Day, April 19th to celebrate the iconic Massachusetts state holiday. Stop by 174 Newbury Street, 800 Boylston Street (Prudential Center) or 20 Park Plaza for a complimentary scoop from 10:00 am 12:00 pm while supplies last. We decided to turn the official dessert of The Commonwealth into our newest flavor, said Ben & Jerry s Director of Marketing, Dave Stever. We think it s worthy of the city and hope that people kick off their Patriots Day celebration with a free scoop on April 19th, Stever added.Boston Cream Pie will be available in Scoop Shops nationwide starting in early May for a limited time. The flavor is available now in pints on grocery store shelves across the nation. For more information on Ben & Jerry s or to find your local Scoop Shop, visit is external).About Ben & Jerry sBen & Jerry s produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream and ice cream novelties, using high-quality ingredients including milk and cream from family farmers who pledge not to treat their cows with the synthetic hormone rBGH.* The company states its position on rBGH on its labels. Ben and Jerry s products are distributed nationwide and in selected foreign countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues. Ben & Jerry s, a Vermont corporation and wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, operates its business on a three-part Mission Statement emphasizing product quality, economic reward and a commitment to the community. The goal of the social mission is to integrate a concern for the community into as many day to day business operations as possible while maintaining the product and economic missions. The recent announcement to move to all available Fair Trade ingredients by the end of 2013 is driven by that commitment. For more visit is external).* The FDA has said no significant difference has been shown and no test can now distinguish between milk from rBGH treated cows and untreated cows. Not all the suppliers of our other ingredients can promise that the milk they use comes from untreated cows.Source: Ben & Jerry’s. 4.13.2010. BURLINGTON, Vt.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

CDC: save flu vaccine for high-risk groups till Oct 24

first_imgSep 1, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Because of continuing uncertainty about the supply of influenza vaccine this winter, federal health officials said today that inactivated flu vaccine should be reserved for high-risk groups until late October.”Beginning October 24, all persons will be eligible for vaccination,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.The groups recommended to get first use of inactivated vaccine include people aged 65 and older, those with chronic illness, nursing home residents, children aged 6 to 23 months, pregnant women, healthcare workers who provide direct patient care, and household contacts and caregivers of children younger than 6 months.However, people need not wait until Oct 24 to receive MedImmune’s live nasal-spray vaccine, FluMist, the CDC said. FluMist is licensed for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49, except for pregnant women.The recommendation comes a day after the flu vaccine supply picture improved with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) approval of a GlaxoSmithKline vaccine and a positive report on Chiron’s progress in addressing problems at its flu vaccine production plant in England. The CDC said the recommendation was necessary because the overall vaccine supply and the timing of distribution remain uncertain.In today’s article, the CDC gives estimates of flu vaccine supplies for the United States that add up to a range of 89 million to 97 million doses. That includes 60 million doses from Sanofi Aventis, 18 million to 26 million from Chiron, 8 million from GlaxoSmithKline, and 3 million from MedImmune. (Yesterday, as reported here, a CDC spokesman had listed Sanofi Aventis’s expected production at 50 million doses instead of 60 million, yielding a total production estimate of 79 million to 87 million doses.)Last fall and winter, the loss of 48 million doses of vaccine expected from Chiron prompted an effort to reserve vaccine for high-risk groups until late in the flu season. Ultimately, 57 million Americans were vaccinated and about 3 million doses went unused. In the 2003-04 season, which also saw some shortages, about 87 million doses were available in the US market. The US supply in 2002-03 totaled about 95 million doses, according to the CDC.Yesterday the FDA said Chiron had made “significant progress” in addressing the contamination problems that had forced the company to cancel delivery of doses to the United States. But the agency said more work is needed to determine how many doses the company will be able to supply this year.CDC. Update: influenza vaccine supply and recommendations for prioritization during the 2005-06 influenza season. MMWR 2005 Sep 2;54(34):850 [Full text]See also:CDC’s Aug 6, 2005, recommendations on tiered use of flu vaccine in the event of a shortage read more