By Senator Robert Nichols (Senate District)

My Five Cents: Comptroller Projections, STAAR Test, Higher Education, Voting, Tax-Free Holiday

July 30, 2020 - The history of East Texas is rich with stories of Texans fighting for our states independence. In July of 1832, an order was given requiring Texans to surrender their weapons to the Mexican army. In response, a band of settlers in Nacogdoches attacked the town's Mexican garrison. To some historians, the Battle of Nacogdoches not only freed East Texas from Mexican military rule, but also served as the starting point of the Texas Revolution and led to the independence of our great state.  

Here are five things happening around your state:

Nichols Cautions Local Governments Against Raising Property Taxes

July 28, 2020 - As a former mayor and city councilman, I understand firsthand the challenges that are presented when balancing a budget - in good times and bad. Currently, as a Senator and a member of the Senate Finance Committee, I have the honor of working to ensure the state is responsibly allocating the taxpayers money, and being a good steward of its resources.

My Five Cents: Operation Connectivity, Work-Search Requirements, DPS, Operation Safe Open, Nursing Homes

June 25, 2020 - This upcoming month we will celebrate two important holidays. The first being the Fourth of July to commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. The second is National Pecan Pie Day on July 12. Pecan pie also happens to be the State Pie of Texas. So while you shoot off fireworks and eat pie, I hope it is with those close to you, as I know mine will be.

Here are five things happening around your state:
 
1. Operation Connectivity

Senator Nichols Statement Contact Tracing

June 1, 2020 - The State of Texas has recently entered into an agreement with a company to participate in contact tracing. This includes contacting an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, and documenting their location and who they have been in contact with to trace where the disease may have been spread. Participation in this is 100% voluntary, and no Texan will be required to participate in this process. If you receive a phone call from a contact tracer, you have every right to not engage with them or provide the information they request.

My Five Cents: Finding Jobs, Peace Officer Loans, Census, Workforce Commission, Star of Texas Awards

April 30, 2020 - Since my last column, Senate District 3 has continue to be affected by COVID-19 and a deadly tornado devastated communities in East Texas. Texans have come together to support each other, either through ensuring they receive necessary items, or by helping to clean up the wreckage of the tornado. I am grateful to live in a state where Texans come together to support each other in all circumstances. 

Here are five resources to help you during this time:
 
1. Finding Jobs in Texas

Senator Nichols Announces Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies

April 16, 2020 Austin - Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) announces the upcoming Sales Tax Holiday for Emergency Supplies, which will be held on April 25-27, 2020.

"This holiday provides an opportunity for Texans to prepare, as they are able, for the strong spring storms our state often sees this time of year, potential wildfires and the upcoming hurricane season," said Nichols.

There is no limit on number of qualifying purchases a person can make. These include, but not limited to:

My Five Cents: 5 Resources to Help During COVID-19

March 26, 2020 - As we all settle into a new normal for the time being, it can often be unsettling. I know that Texas and Texans are strong, and we will continue on and come back as strong as we were before. I encourage everyone to do your part in helping to slow the spread of this virus and help those around you who may be struggling. Together, we will overcome this challenge as we have many times before. 

Senator Nichols Asks Cities and Counties To Refrain From Implementing Shelter in Place Ordinances

March 24, 2020 - Winston Churchill once said, "If you're going through hell, keep going."  That's what Texans and Texas businesses must do now more than ever during this COVID-19 pandemic.

Studies have shown that social distancing has proven to be a successful tool in preventing the spread of this virus. I believe that businesses who are able to allow their employees to work from home should continue to do so. We should all be doing our part to prevent the spread of this virus.  

Senator Nichols Shares Information to Assist Small Businesses

March 24, 2020 - Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville) issued the following information to assist small businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting small businesses, even where there are no local cases of the virus.  Small businesses are the lifeblood of local economies as they provide essential goods and services, employment, and a tax base for critical government services," said Senator Nichols. "Nothing embodies the spirit of Texas independence and entrepreneurship more than our small businesses, and we need to support them."

My Five Cents: California Travel Ban, State Affairs, Work-Force Ready Students, African American Studies Course, ET Medical School

February 27, 2020 - The saying goes that everything is bigger in Texas, and that is true of the amount of pride Texans have in our state. We will soon celebrate Texas' Independence Day, which honors the signing of Texas' Declaration of Independence from Mexico. Texas went on to be a stand-alone Republic for 10 years, before joining the United States. The bravery and courage of our Texas' founders continues to inspire our state today through their legacy of freedom, self-reliance and ingenuity. 

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