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The Collin County Commissioners Court neglected to perform an Breakeven Analysis; which, will leave the Collin County resident a present value (PV) debt exceeding of 2.8 billion dollars! 

November 2018, there will be a $560 million dollar bond hearing that will leave the Collin County taxpayers holding this massive debt over time. Roads and bridges debt will increase significantly over the next 40 years. However, creating more roads is not the answer to a continuous and rapidly growing Collin County. With the county projecting to grow 10% just in the next five years, more roads will not satisfy this shortcoming. Furthermore, construction will not start even begin for another 15 years.

This is not a good use of taxpayers hard-earned money and is fiscally irresponsible. There must be a modern and responsible mentality when considering what is best for Collin County. A rail system, is not only more economical, but also is an investment in employment and growth. For every one billion dollars invested into a rail system, 47,500 jobs are created.

Collin County has developed a thriving business environment. As a county commissioner, I would work towards ensuring our employees can make it to and from work in the shortest time possible, with the least impact on the environment of our beautiful Collin County. This will improve our overall quality of living even more and keep Texas roads friendly. "Byron and Carolyn Bradford"

Collin County residents are spending approximately 40% of their income on mortgage or rent. The next paragraph below lets you know what happens when they hit 50%!

They live in substandard housing. For many, however, the infrastructure of their neighborhoods is important to them—churches, relatives, and friends nearby, public transportation, social services, etc. Moving new affordable housing to the suburbs is not the panacea some believe. Much needs to be done to preserve deteriorating housing and improve neighborhoods in the urban cores.

Those who seek nicer housing at affordable rent farther from urban areas find themselves pushed greater distances from their work. This not only places a strain on them and their families with respect to commuting times and costs, but also on their employers who often experience higher absenteeism and worker turnover rates, greatly adding to the cost of doing business. 

They are often forced to rely on fast food establishments for their caloric intake. A family can buy a lot more calories for $10 at McDonald’s than at the fresh fruit and vegetable section in a grocery store (if they have access to a grocery store) plus there’s no preparation required after a long workday and commute. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the United States was a staggering $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars.

They cannot afford to, or have the opportunity to, educate themselves or their children in order to achieve higher-paying jobs and work opportunities that would help them break their cycle of financial struggle and poverty. Substandard urban schools are the norm, and job training is inadequate at best. This places a greater burden on our already costly social and entitlement programs.

The above lead to higher degrees of stress, frustration, and hopelessness, creating a downward spiral of human suffering and an increase in public costs. Clean, safe affordable housing can stabilize neighborhoods and be a springboard for greater opportunity.

As a nation, we need to recognize these facts and politically commit to larger dollar allocations through a more rational and targeted housing policy. Affordable housing for all should be a national priority. Congress and philanthropic institutions must become aware that without providing additional financial and program support, the unaffordable housing crisis, a root cause of social inequality, will only go from bad to worse.

http://www.housingfinance.com/policy-legislation/unaffordable-housing-a-root-cause-of-social-inequality_o

 

The Numbers behind The Homeless in Collin County.

Last year, 31% of the homeless in Collin County were children, and 37 of the 112 kids were between 5 and 10 years old.

The 2015 Homeless Census showed a shocking 367 persons experienced homelessness in Collin County.

  • 10 percent of homeless adults in Collin County have Bachelor degrees
  • 40 percent of homeless  adults in Collin County have high school diplomas
  • 56 percent of homeless adults in Collin County are employed

http://planoprofile.com/2017/09/12/what-we-learned-about-homelessness-in-collin-county-at-the-freedom-forum/

 

Concerned about our Seniors in Collin County!

Regional Health Partnership 18 Needs Assessment—Collin County 


Community Health Needs: 

Primary Care. Shortages of primary care physicians in the region reduce primary care access.  RHP 18 CNA stated that patients travel to Dallas County for treatment resulting in burdens on the patients, their families as well as the Dallas County facilities.

Pediatric Services and Prenatal Care. This is another component of primary care access critical to the health and wellness of the community. Issues of adequate numbers of obstetricians/ gynecologists and pediatricians and early access to prenatal care impact community health.  

Clinical Preventive Services. Access to prevention screening services resulting in early detection increases when services are available in local communities.  

Injury and Violence. Accidents and motor vehicle accidents are two of the ten leading causes of death in the region. 

Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. The fight for proper nutrition and maintaining ideal weight is a priority in Region 18 and across the State and Nation.  

Social Determinants of medical and behavioral health problems. Behavioral health issues affect healthy living as well as compliance with medical care and treatment.  Early identification of behavioral health issues with concomitant treatment improves individual health.  

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Public Safety:

The Collin County Sheriff’s Office looked at the increases in some key indicators for its patrol section over the past 10 years.
 
 
2007 2016 Category
49,887 60,264 Calls for service
433 641 Family violence calls
1,232 7,359 Calls with response time of 40 minutes or more
2,898 16,168 Calls waiting in line for response

"It is the responsibility of the Commissioners Court to ensure that the citizens of Plano are safe in their homes, communities and place of business. A failure to project an adequate, trained and sufficient numbers of law enforcement officials is a danger to us all." Byron Bradford 

Improve Resources for Mental Illness facilities:

"Our society is recognizing the value of mental health care and yet we haven't really increased the supply," said Jon Lehrmann, a psychiatrist who chairs the psychiatry and behavioral medicine department at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  

On the financial side, insurers reimburse behavioral health services at a lower rate than other medical specialties. Exacerbating the situation, many patients are covered by Medicaid, which generally pays even less.

http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2017/11/16/more-youths-need-mental-health-tshortage-mental-health-professionals-crisis-point-particularly-youth/842964001/

"I think it is imperative we continue to improve our methods and support for helping programs that assist the mentally ill citizens in our county. By increasing awareness and visibility, the stigma of this particular issue will be negated. This will then allow for the person or persons to receive the necessary help to improve their quality of life, keep families and communities safe."  Byron Bradford

Over Half of Montgomery County Commissioners Court Indicted:

After an investigation into the communications that led to the creation of a $280 million road bond, three members of the Montgomery County Commissioners Court have been indicted by a grand jury and booked into the county jail.

County Judge Craig Doyal, and Commissioners Charlie Riley and Jim Clark have been charged with conspiracy to circumvent (Texas Government Code § 551.143), a violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act.

Texas County Commissioners are required to conduct their meetings with a quorum present and in public. By sending e-mails pertaining to the road bond back and forth between local political consultant Marc Davenport, who was also indicted, the commissioners allegedly broke the law and did not meet the legal requirements for a meeting.

The Statute states that an offense is committed if the group, “knowingly conspires to circumvent this chapter by meeting in numbers less than a quorum for the purpose of secret deliberations in violation of this chapter.”

The indictment is the latest development in an ongoing controversy about road bonds and debt in the fast growing county north of Houston.

After Montgomery County voters shot down a $350 million road bond in May 2015 and demanded more fiscal responsibility and transparency from county government, the Court scrambled to put a revised version of the bond on the ballot again before the deadline for the November 2015 election.  Between the regularly scheduled public court sessions, the three members of the court were engaging in discussion behind the scenes on resurrecting the bond proposal.  Emails were sent to Davenport and forwarded to the members of the court.  After an ongoing discussion, the commissioners called a special meeting on August 24th right before the November election deadline and voted to place a $280 million bond on the ballot.

Amid accusations that the private discussions of the commissioners violated the Open Meetings Act, 9th District Judge Kelly Case appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the case.  A grand jury has been deliberating the charges since January, and handed down the indictments after an extension.  

The Commissioners voluntarily turned themselves into the county jail, and have subsequently been bonded out.  If convicted, they are facing up to six months behind bars.  All three members of Commissioners Court who have been indicted are scheduled to be up for reelection in 2018.


 

 

The Integrity of the Criminal Justice System

(Texas Department of Public Safety 2016)

1. There are concerns that Texas has been too free in its imposition of the death penalty and too unquestioning of the evidence that leads to the imposition of criminal punishments. Texas is the home of more verified wrongful convictions than any other state.


Transportation Funding

(Texas Infrastructure Now 2017)

Even with this combination of resources, it’s hard to keep up with the demands of a growing Texas. Beginning in 2014, the Legislature made a commitment to prioritize transportation funding. If funding falls short, or a funding source is threatened, our needs won’t be met and the Legislature’s promise won’t be kept. After voters overwhelmingly approved additional transportation funding through Proposition 7, some members of the Texas Legislature are now considering diverting those funds away from transportation.


Insurer lost $230 million last quarter but says Texas market remains strong Updated 3:01 pm, Friday, August 4, 2017

Houston Chronicle Updated 3:01 pm, Friday, August 4, 2017

Molina Healthcare, one of three health insurers expected to remain on the Affordable Care Act's exchange in Houston next year, announced a $230 million loss in its second quarter.

Molina Healthcare this week announced a $230 million loss in its second quarter and said it would stop offering plans on Affordable Care Act exchanges in Utah and Wisconsin. It's also looking at participation levels in other states.

 

But Texas, apparently, remains a bright spot for the California-based company. It's one of three health insurers expected to remain on the exchange in Houston next year.

"There's no doubt performance in Texas has been very nice," interim CEO Joseph White said during an earnings call this week to analysts. "Performance in some of the smaller states, Michigan and New Mexico, has been nice. California has been OK. Florida, though, has not been a good market for us. We're going to have to look closely at it."

 

White also said participation in Washington state will be reduced.


Dynegy reports nearly $300 million loss for second quarter

By Ryan Maye Handy, Houston Chronicle 
Updated 7:00 am, Friday, August 4, 2017
 

Houston-based power company Dynegy said it lost nearly $300 million in the second quarter as it  rote off the value of Midwestern coal-fired power plants. 

The loss was narrower than a year ago, when the company reported losing $803 million during the second quarter of 2016. 


Analysis: Texas Schools, by the Numbers

You can peek at the state’s near future in the latest numbers from the Texas Education Agency: 51.8 percent Hispanic, 29.4 percent Anglo, 12.7 percent African-American, 3.7 percent Asian.


Education

Texas school districts are hoping to gain greater flexibility for the start date of the school year. Here, students attend the first day of school at Willis Lane Elementary on Aug. 25, 2014. Bob Booth Special to the Star-Telegram

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com


Veterans’ health-care gap creates ‘greater risk’ for opioid abuse

The information about the veteran is scant, clinical in tone, yet disturbing.

“At the time of his death, the patient was a male in his forties with a past medical history significant for PTSD, chronic low back pain, obstructive sleep apnea, obesity, and depression,” the Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general reported.


Stay, Hide or Leave? Hard Choices for Immigrants in the Heartland

HAMPTON, Iowa — It was quitting time. Edith Rivera took one last lunch order, dropped off a basket of tortilla chips and set off from work, heading out to the farm roads where other immigrants feared to drive.

Like them, Ms. Rivera, 33, had no legal status in the country where she had lived for 18 years. She had no driver’s license, apart from the long-expired North Carolina identification she held safe, like a talisman, in her wallet.


Health care

© Al Drago for The New York Times

President Trump in Bedminster, N.J., on Saturday. He has threatened repeatedly to cut off health care subsidies as a way of getting Democrats to negotiate on the Affordable Care Act.



These GOP lawmakers voted against Harvey aid, debt limit extension

The House approved the legislation 316-90, in a vote that authorized $15.3 billion in aid for those affected by Harvey, raised the debt ceiling, and extended government funding for three months into December. But a handful of those "no" votes came from members of the Texas delegation, and from members of the Florida delegation who will soon likely have to grapple with the need for funding for Hurricane Irma. No Democrats in the House voted against the legislation. The Senate approved the legislation in an 80-17 vote on Thursday.


Trump is dismantling Obama’s executive action legacy

We're going to be unsigning a lot of executive orders, especially his order that basically lets anybody they want just pour into our country," Trump told a crowd during a campaign rally in Virginia in 2015. 

"This is a feeble attempt to erase Barack Obama's legacy. What the current POTUS has done is awaken the American public how important it is to vote". Byron A. Bradford 

 



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