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t Friday, August 19, 2011 - The MulakoffNews v Page 5A I I i Rep. (Continued from Page 1A) fight excessive utility rates, agreed that it Was a bad bill because it guaranteed 10 p~cent rote ihikes ever' year, with no public input. Monarch: supported pas- sage of the bill, Go< len said. exPlained his at- tempts to diScuss;the bill ; > spons0ri.g law- maker, but each attempt was successfully blocked. So Gooden, said he asked his staff to research the procedures followed before the bill was to be put up for a general vote. His staff found one or two technicalities, which would allow Gooden t0 derail the proposed legis- lation on a point of order, which:be'did. "I'm on your side." Gooden said to Monarch Utility customers. "We lmve to keep an eye on it. Thex have strong lobbying efforts," he added. The phrase, "The Texas Legislature is the best money can buy," corre- sponds to the absence of limi.ts 9n campaign contri- butions, Gooden said. It's a longstanding tradition in TeXgs campaigns, which as a fi'eshman lawmaker, he said is "too hard to change." However, he added that the next freshman class may add 30 more like- minded legislators, of which Gooden would have seniorib' as he does in his ovm class of 40Ahe largest number 0fnew lawmakers since 1970. By chance, Gooden received the sen- iority rating of sixth of his freshman class, a veD'., strong position. As a member of the House 'Appropriations Committee, Gooden said he helped insure most of the budget cuts took #lace in Austin. He said, those were another bunch to watch out for. -"Depamnent heads have a way of presenting a budget with the asked for percentage of cuts, but most of the cuts are from priority projects. Then they come back and say, 'oh, that (priority) can't be done due to budget cut- backs," Gooden explained. Though it would be ideal to go. to a zero-based budget process, the re- stricted time structure of the legislative session pre- vents that time-consuming route, Gt~oden explained. He said he favored the idea, but a lot of the cur- rent political culture would have to change in order to change the strut- ture to accommodate it. In the interim before the next session, Gooden said lawmakers must address school finance. "There's an urgency tbr a new plan," he said. But adding a state income tax is not going to happen with a Re- publican majority, he added. Gooden explained why the governor and lawmak- ers agreed to not access the $6 billion Rainy Day fund. "If we used it this rotmd, we wouldn't hay6 any cushion to :face the next cycle of budget cuts in 2013. We'd have no base budget, or hope," he said. Though he hated seeing education funding take a $4 billion hit over two years - he explained to his fomler seventh grade teacher now MalakoffISD Heln superintendent Randy Perry:in the audience - it was much less severe than the $12 billion originally considered during the reg- ular session. Gooden is up for re- election in March, 2012. Each term is for two yea~ their with a sitting legislature in the odd-numbered years, and elections on the even- numbered ones, he ex- plained. COURTESY PHOTO MaryQueen of Heaven outreach, volunteers this year includedl sitting from left, Sam Messina, Joe Keenan, David Morgan; standing from leR, Sally Keenan, Kathdn Owens, Carol Webster, "lime McGee, Anita Aguilar, Theresa McDonald, Bdgitte Messina, and Mary duToit. Not pictured are Carol Kemp, Erma Martinez, Lucy Williams, and Pat Ripple. ! (Continued from Page 1 A) church's prayer list.Keenan, Kathrin Owens, are new. "It is God's care of the. Carol Webster, Tirae In addition to the people that's importanC' McGee, Anita Agui!ar, said Sally Keenan. Theresa McDonald, clothes, the group also This year's church voi- Brigitte Messina, Mary' hands out prayer books unteers included: SamduToit, Carol Kemp, and adds students andMessina, Joe Keenan, Erma Martinez, Lucy families to the David Morgan, Sally Williams, and Pat Ripple. [[ o,,oK s oo, o,.,.,,,11 www.malakoffnews.net / At Lakeside Family & Sports Medicine in Mabank, we specialize in primary ,car. and sports medicine services for all ages and are dedicated to ]: ;idvifliilO qu /health ca're f.or you and your family, i Lakeside Family & Sports Medicine 604 South 3rd Street, Suite A Mabank, Texas 75147 (903 887-1073 Open at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Friday LAKESIDE Fami~ ~m Medid~e www.lakestdefamtlymed.com Texas HealZh Athens Commission Co. Inc. RO. Box 183. Athens TX 75751 903-675,3333 Fax: 903-675-204t " Sale Every Friday Cattle...-., ....... ;...12:00 Auction Inc, P.O. Box 1181 Henderson, TX 75653 903-657-2690 Fax: 903-657-6831 Sale Every Monday: t2:00 P.O. Box 522 Em ,ory TX 75440 903-473-2512 " Fax: 903-473-4366 Tuesday Sale: 12:00 Saturday Sale: 12:00 IJ IIIII II [] II ii. [ I , * The following businesses help support Malakoff area nonprofit organizations and events, II 1 f I "J ' NATIONAL BANK Community Minded, Customer Focused: ~RST STATE ,,, , ~ : ,, II I ' kstl yml ir 24 HOUR SERVICE 1417 E. Tyler St Athens 903.677-3838 Cain Center schedules g01fball drop fundraiser If you are a not for profit agency, grab your um- brella and get ready for the Golf Balls to fall] The Cain Center in Athens is sponsoring a Golf Ball Drop and are invitingail not tbr profit agen- cies to come on board and earn money fbr their respective organizations. Public and private schools, service clubs, fire departments, united way agencies, humane soci- eties, veterans organizations, scouts, sports teams, basically any not for profit organization is being invited to partner with us on this exJting event. Over $12,000 is available to the non-profits. On Friday, Sept 9, 2,500 numbered golf bails will be dropped from a helicopter at Twin Lakes Golf Course onto the driving range. The tickets being sold are also numbered to correspond with the golf balls. The ticket holder matching the num- bered golf ball will win $5,000. The agency that sells the winning ball will also win $500. Golf balls sell ]br $25 each. Each agency will earn $5 for each ball they sell. The tickets and flyers are available at the Cain Center 915 S. Palestine, Athens, TX 75751 for immediate pick up. For more information please call" 9()3-677- 2000. IIII BERRY LUMBER CO. "Your HometOwn, Home Owned Company,, 206 E. Royall- E. 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