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Those who ride bicycles around San Marcos and the Texas State University campus should enjoy a safer riding environment.
Students who ride their bicycles to class are taking a high risk of being in an accident since most or our roads don't have a lane designated for bicycles use only. They ride on the road with buses which is very dangerous and with construction going on around town less people are able to have a safe ride.
While the roads are under construction the local government in San Marcos, Texas should take action and invest money on the roads that are being worked on to create more bicycle lanes.
For years, millions of people have enjoyed the pristine area affectionately known to locals as "Boca Chica". World class fishing, birding, and nature watching are just a few of the things that this magical place provides. For 60 years a pure beautiful beach has been preserved by both state and county taxes. Rare wildlife is currently protected on our beach. The beach itself is a valuable asset to our country's shore.
We are all for technological improvement, just not at Boca Chica Beach. This petition seeks to stop the SpaceX project from harming our great and precious Boca Chica Beach. Stop SpaceX!
In 2010, a family member, Jeremiah Ocañas, began a campaign to raise funds to shoot the film HOMEBOUND. In 2011, his dream came true and the filming process began. He worked very hard recruiting friends, family members, and the entire community of EL Campo to help with the project. It is my understanding that the film has been screened in Los Angeles; and others have seen it via a private on-line link.
Due to personal issues with the production company, my nephew had to walk away in post-production. However, since he was instrumental in bringing a community together to create HOMEBOUND, we would request a copy of the movie for one day so that he can share it with the residents, including family and friends of El Campo, Texas with a personal screening. As such, he would be able to personally thank his community for coming together to help a small town film maker realize a dream and celebrate with all those who made the film possible.
Everyone is anxious to see the work of the community of El Campo, Texas now that the film has been completed.
The history of the south!
It is both unconscionable and unconstitutional for any Government founded upon Natural Law to make illegal the cultivation, trade or sale of any Natural Plant.
Throughout history it has been Man's Right to reap the fruit of his choosing to best provide for his needs and the wants of a free market.
Until the mid twentieth century it had been Government's Right to collect taxes upon the distribution of Natural Plant products. The overbearing laws of the last century have made criminals of those seeking to provide for themselves and their families, have drastically reduced government's tax base, and have created a black market of violent individuals to provide the free market.
Chambless Field in Mart, Texas served as the football field home of the Mart Panthers and the heart of the community since 1930. That is until the Mart ISD Athletic Complex was opened in 2008 and Chambless was reduced to an overgrown field of rubble as the stands, press box, lights, and scoreboard were all liquidated.
The field itself, chain link fences, concession stand, and locker rooms are all that remain of the once illustrious venue. The Mart Community Project wants to rebuild Chambless Field into a park to re-establish it as the community hub it once was. Mart ISD has indicated the possibility of donating Chambless Field to our cause.
The Mart Community Project believes that to be the best course of action.
We, the undersigned, call upon President Barack Obama to bestow the Medal of Honor on Will Cannon for his gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty on July 18, 1965.
On July 21, 1965, General George Simler prepared a Nomination, but it was lost in military channels and has never been heard from again. Due to the hostile public opinion about the Vietnam War, Will did nothing to further his Nomination, but his Dad and other family members, and other friends have kept up the fight to have this honor awarded to him.
Below is a narration of the events of July 18, 1965, as recounted by General George Simler in his Nomination of Will Cannon for the Congressional Medal of Honor.
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“21 July 1965
This nomination of First Lieutenant William P,. Cannon, 63766A, for the Medal of Honor arises out of his having distinguished himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the case of duty on 18 July 1965. On that day, I left my office at Headquarters, 2nd Air Division located at Tan Aon Nhut Air Base, in my staff car, for the purpose of seeking additional housing for my incoming senior Air Force officers, this housing being necessitated by our recent buildup of forces. The staff car was being driven by my Vietnamese civilian driver, Mr. Tau. I sat in the left rear seat, my aide-de-camp, First Lieutenant William P. Cannon, was in the right rear seat.
As we checked house after house we neared the outskirts of Saigon and found ourselves in an area with which I am unfamiliar. It was approaching dusk, and we were travelling down a narrow road, more highway than street. At this time, my staff car was motioned to a halt by two Vietnamese men wearing the uniform of the Q.C. (Vietnamese M.P. who were armed with what appeared to be American M-16 rifles. The two men dressed as Q.C. spoke rapidly to my Vietnamese driver in Vietnamese. I do not speak Vietnamese, so I do not know what was said, however, my driver suddenly bolted out of the car door and into the ditch running along the left side of the road.
It was shocking enough to see my driver run like he did so suddenly, but I was even more shocked when I looked to the right front of the staff car (approximately 30 feet ahead and to the right of the car) and saw two Viet Cong swing a 30 caliber machine gun with a tripod up onto a little embankment on the far side of the right hand ditch. They were obviously setting up the machine gun to fire on my staff car. These two men were joined immediately at the crest of the embankment by 10 to 15 other Viet Cong bearing rifles. They were all dressed in black pajamas, and a few wore helmets. It was an ambush, and we were greatly outnumbered.
It was at this point that Lt. Cannon began to distinguish himself conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the certain risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty, for I was convinced at that moment that he was going to his own death. (It should be born in mind that Lt. Cannon is not my bodyguard, but merely my aide-de-camp. However, Lt. Cannon has spent the past six months stationed at Bien Hoa with the Air Commandos, and he is much more attuned to rapid action than I am. However, to continue, I should point out that about one month ago I had had mounted on the back of the front seat of my staff car a rifle rack in which I keep a loaded double barreled shotgun. Lt. Cannon grabbed this shotgun and, without the slightest hesitation, rolled out the right rear door of the staff car with it. With a single blast he killed the two Viet Cong who were manning the machine gun, taking one man’s head completely off.
Lt. Cannon immediately fired off the other shotgun round as he rolled into the ditch, killing another one of the attacking Viet Cong. By this time, Lt. Cannon had out his 38 caliber server revolver, and he cleanly killed two more of the on-coming Viet Cong. This sudden depletion in their ranks caused the remaining 10 or so Viet Cong to take cover behind the embankment.
Lt. Cannon began to yell at Mr. Tau, my driver, to get back in the staff car and drive me back to Tan Son Nhut. Mr. Tau was afraid to move. Finally, after shooting another Viet Cong in the face as he peeped over the embankment, Lt. Cannon dashed across the road to the left ditch, grabbed Mr. Tau by the scruff of the neck, and threw him back into the driver’s seat of the staff car. The car squealed out of the turmoil, leaving Lt. Cannon to deal with the Viet Cong on his own.
As we pulled away, I observed and heard a hand grenade explode in the right hand ditch where Lt. Cannon had been only seconds before. I also observed through the rear window as Lt. Cannon shot yet another Viet Cong across the road.
About an hour later, as a rescue mission was being organized, Lt. Cannon made his way back to his duty station at Tan Son Nhut. He reported to me that the Viet Cong had evidentially been panicked by the sudden depletion in their ranks and had retreated back into the shadows of Saigon shortly after I left the scene of the battle.
I can honestly say that in all my years in the United States Air Force I have never before seen an individual of any rank conduct himself with such selfless individual courage and with such complete disregard for his own life and safety. I am absolutely certain that Lt. Cannon saved the life of this Air Force General Officer on this occasion, as well as saving the life of the Vietnamese civilian, Mr. Tau. Lt. Cannon’s actions were in the highest traditions of the United States Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of this his country.”
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Too many MEXICANS are crossing the border illegal flooding California even Texas with there illegal ways, causing attention to the LEGIT AMERICAN CITIZENS making it harder for us to get any type of assistance, aid, housing ECT.
They dont SPEAK ENGLISH how ever they (MEXICANS) are taking ALL the jobs and we as Americans are forced to speak there LANGUAGE, when our Native Language is ENGLISH how ever to accommodate there NO ENGLISH speaking selves.
This is affecting all the states that sit along the Borders even Southern hemisphere's.
THIS MUST STOP NOW!
The store petland all of the ones in the united states or most get there puppys from puppy mills that treat the dogs worse then I could ever describe they beat dogs make the dogs have children over and over again until they die and they have little food and water and dangerous living habits that is why I am protesting the stores that get dogs from puppy mills.
Recently, many colleges have been changing their rules to allow students to bring their pets into the dormitories, including many of our nation’s top colleges as well as many other women’s colleges.
Many studies support the idea that pets reduce stress and increase overall happiness, and different studies suggest that pets may aid students in doing better in school. With college being one of the most stressful times in our lives, we feel that the allowance of small pets in the dormitories should be established, as well as the designation of Pet Halls to allow for spayed/neutered, vaccinated cats and dogs in specific dorms.
The animals we want allowed in the dormitories are small mammals (hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, ferrets, guinea pigs, etc.), certified non-venomous reptiles, and the increase of the aquarium limit to 20 gallons.
This Sovereign Republic shall enter into limited agreement with the government of the United States of America, to settle in perpetuity, all outstanding debts and/or land disputes.
As a Sovereign Republic, it shall form, recruit, train and equip its own Army, Naval and Air Forces to protect it's sovereign land borders, territorial waters, coastal borders, and sovereign airspace, along with the well-regulated Texian Civilian Militia units. The Republic shall coin its own non-FIAT currency, collect its own taxes, set its own budgets, and manage the government in accordance with the limitations placed upon it by the Texian People, and the Texas Constitution.
It shall at all times, be directed by and accountable to the People of the Sovereign Republic of Texas, in all of its actions and operations. Said government, and all elected representatives, from the President on down, shall be subject to the voice and votes of the People of the Sovereign Republic of Texas.
Tell Rick Perry and the Texas Legislature that you want the benefit of federally-subsidized in Texas.
Politicians are notoriously focused on promting their and there wealthy patrons best interest but this is worse. Rick Perry's proclamation that Texans will not be allowed to participate in federally-funded healthcare - placing his aspirations to be a Tea Party icon before the interest of Texans, is an act that has the effect of diminishing the welfare of Twxans without healthcare.
Despite years of their governing, Texas remains at the bottom of the bowl when it comes to the education, health, and welfare of Its people. Tell them you have had enough!
Ever placing principles that do not mirror the cross-section of Texas over practical governance, send a message to Rick Perry, his handlers, and your legislators that you want them to represent YOU, not their wealthy patrons and corporate sponsors, that you want govenment of and for the people, and that you expect improvement for the basic welfare of all Texans.
50th place and still proud! Only a fool could carry that off.
How much does it take before we act? It's gonna take more than voting. Sign this petition! Then make your voice heard in your own ways!
The republic of Texas was founded in the 1830s and was a constitutional republic.
Texas was admitted to the union (usa) without the republic's required support.
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Clinical Exercise Physiologists (CEPs) are certified healthcare professionals that design, implement and supervise exercise programming for those with chronic diseases and conditions.
CEPs have a unique scope of practice and many other established elements of a profession: a national professional organization, an accreditation process for graduate programs, a national certification exam, and a distinct body of knowledge and skills associated with competency.
Currently, in the United States of America, there are licensed doctors, dietitians, nurses, and physical therapists, but there are no licensed CEPs outside of the state of Louisiana. CEPs are typically found working in cardiac stress testing labs, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation centers, diabetes care programs, and bariatric centers.
It is imperative that those with the authority to take care of patients in these settings have a fully qualified background in order to provide the highest quality care and to protect the patients, the doctors, the clinic/ hospital, and the healthcare provider. Licensing CEPs means that the scope of practice and the qualifications would be legally delineated. The qualifications would entail a Master's degree in clinical exercise physiology or closely related area in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine Clinical Exercise Specialist certification (CES) and/ or Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (RCEP) certification.
Legislation would include a carefully delineated, one-year grandfather clause for those that have long term occupational experience as CEPs but do not satisfy all criteria as denoted above.
CEPs have been practicing the "exercise as medicine" philosophy for a while, and just like a medical doctor needs a license to prescribe a blood pressure medication, it is imperative to license CEPs who recommend medical exercise to their patients.
Freedmen’s Town is one of the most endangered wards in the United States. It is one of the rarest and unique because it was founded and built by previously enslaved families and their descendants immediate after emancipation in 1865.
Please protect our heritage and our history for our grandchildren and many more generations to come.
Do you care about veterans and would like to help many in some small way?
Signing this petition is that WAY you can do just that!
New tests PROVE injury to Persian Gulf Illness Veterans.
A brain scan reported Sep 15 2011 to show brain injury in PGI Vets. A SKY blood test shows chromosome damage in PGI Vets. Yet the CDC which VA follows, has now limited how many symptoms PGI Vets are actually related to PG Illness.
You can go to the website link and see many articles or videos about this subject. Please do! You can show some support and encouragement for PGI Vets that visit that page also! Please do! It is visited by PGI Vets globally.
So with the new tests available, PGI Vets can have their injury rated for compensation and move for treatment research for such injury. Any money now given for research to PGI is only going to be on what symptoms are being recognized as related to PGI.
This is why PGI Vets should have the new tests done. Please sign this petition and share with others to tell the legislature to pass a law for PGI Vets to be tested with the new tests. Thank you for your support! PLEASE share this petition with others!
Boxer Lee John Canalito "the Italian Stallion" has made a formal challenge to Two-Time Heavyweight Champion George Foreman. All for charity of course!
The Driver Responsibility Program is governed by Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 708, which established a system to assess surcharges based on certain traffic offenses that have occurred on or after September 1, 2003.
A surcharge is an administrative fee charged to a driver based on the convictions reported to the driving record. There are two criteria that determine if a surcharge will be assessed. Those two criteria are: Point System and Conviction Based surcharges.
Surcharges are in addition to all other reinstatement fees required for other administrative actions and do not replace any administrative suspension, revocation, disqualification or cancellation action that results from these same convictions.
This is so bad that for a few thousand bucks the Texas legislature would ruin everyone's livelihood. This law is making the Texas economy worse. There are so many people driving with a license suspended that there will be a time when no one's license is valid.
Unconstitutional Double Jeopardy! This is outrageous there is no public transportation in all areas. It just goes to show you how you can go just about everywhere and see alcohol advertizments and alcohol everywhere you drive too. I just thinks it is hypocritical to have alcohol available everywhere and have these types of surcharge laws.
How about making a law that you can only drink alcohol at home. Not only for alcohol but if you get a traffic ticket.. you lose your license... you get overcharged!
Euthanasia, either painlessly putting to death or failing to prevent death from natural causes in cases of terminal illness or irreversible coma. The term comes from the Greek expression for "good death."
Technological advances in medicine have made it possible to prolong life in patients with no hope of recovery, and the term negative euthanasia has arisen to classify the practice of withholding or withdrawing extraordinary means (e.g., intravenous feeding, respirators, and artificial kidney machines) to preserve life. Accordingly, the term positive euthanasia has come to refer to actions that actively cause death.
The term passive euthanasia is used when certain common methods of treatment, such as antibiotics, drugs, or surgery, are withheld or a large quantity of needed but ultimately lethal pain medication is supplied. By the end of the 20th cent. passive euthanasia was said to be a common practice among U.S. hospitals and physicians. With regard to euthanasia in animals, there are strict rules and guidelines that ensure ethical euthanasia and disposal.
Much debate has arisen in the United States among physicians, religious leaders, lawyers, and the general public over the question of what constitutes actively causing death and what constitutes merely allowing death to occur naturally. The physician is faced with deciding whether measures used to keep patients alive are extraordinary in individual situations, e.g., whether a respirator or artificial kidney machine should be withdrawn from a terminally ill patient.
The Supreme Court's decision in Cruzan v. Director, Missouri Dept. of Health set a precedent for the removal of life-support equipment from terminal cases.
Concerned Vietnamese American Citizens
The President of University of Texas at Austin
The Director of Center for Asian Studies at UT/Austin
The Director of The Texas Language Center
William Powers Jr.
The University of Texas at Austin
Main Building 400 (G3400)
Post Office Box T
Austin, Texas 78713-8920
Juan C. González
Vice President for Student Affairs
U.S. Mailing Address
P. O. Box 7699
Austin, Texas 78713-7699
Campus Mail Address
Main Building 121 (G5000)
Vice President for Public Affairs
U.S. Mailing Address
P.O. Box Z
Austin, Texas 78713-8926
Campus Mail Address
Main Building 301 (G3200)
Gregory J. Vincent
Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
U.S. Mailing Address
1 University Station, G1050
Austin, Texas 78712
Campus Mail Address
Main Building 12 (G1050)
Deputy to the President
Center for Asian Studies
Robert M Oppenheim
The Texas Language Center
Homer Rainey Hall (HRH) 4.196
Subject: Vietnamese Language Course and Instructors
Dear Sir or Madam:
We, undersigned, are Vietnamese American citizens living in the United States.
1. After the fall of Saigon in 1975, millions of Vietnamese have fled the country because they don’t accept the Communist regime.
2. As refugees, we always embrace our wishes to restore the democracy and freedom to our fellow people in Vietnam.
3. We have tried so hard to keep our identity as Vietnamese against the Communism. Our heritage flag (the Yellow Background and three Red stripes) was recognized by Texas State, Travis County and City of Austin in 2004. It was also recognized by scores of States, counties, and cities all over the nation.
4. There are thousands of Vietnamese American students at the University of Texas, whose parents are refugees from Communist Vietnam. We expect that they will be taught Vietnamese language by instructors from our community.
5. The facts that Mr. Hoang Ngo – from Communist Vietnam with different political background and perspective - has been teaching our children; and the Communist flag displayed on the official website of UT/Austin, we consider these are an offense and challenge to our community.
Funding for public and higher education was allotted the most money for the 2010-2011 budget, suggesting its importance. So why cut the funding? By significantly reducing funding for education, you will be putting thousands of teachers and faculty (including janitors and bus drivers) out of work.
By decreasing funding, you will be decreasing the amount of educational programs students in both public and higher education receive. More notably, as minority students have continuously been adversely affected by a lack of funding in education (including overpopulated classrooms, a scarcity of decent technology, facilities, after-school programs, and scholarships), decreasing the already insufficient amount will only increase the inadequacies for us.
As a minority college student, I am relying on financial aid to complete my higher learning. Cutting into these funds will not only raise tuition and reduce student services, but it will prevent me from completing my last year of college.
Education is the most important thing you can offer the students of Texas, the future of this great state. Being that all of you needed education to get to where you are today, I am sure you understand how critical it is to our society. Without it, there would be no government officials like you. Your current budget (allotting $75.4 billion, the largest amount, to education) proves that you realize this, but your current actions represent the contrary. Did education all of a sudden lose its value? We all realize economic times are currently very difficult, but should our current economy be the determinant of a successful future?
I see a future of educated Texans with technological, political, artistic, scientific, and business success, increasingly boosting the economy of Texas. But this bright future can only be realized if you, the people we trust, the people we elected, do not turn your backs on us. If you do, you will be essentially hindering the economy of the future. If you do, you will be preventing future lawyers and doctors from graduating, the next government officials from running this state.
We challenge you to instead:
o Balance the $3.2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund with other alternatives to avoid making large cuts in the education budget that will prevent new recipients of Texas Grants (which largely fund the college education of minority students)
o Spend less on underused areas of the budget
o Generate revenue to offset costs
o Instead of allowing public schools to take up electricity during the summer and other holidays, use the buildings for activities and events to generate revenue when school is not in session.
o Increase taxes on alcohol, cigarettes and other non-necessities.
Trooper Carlos Warren was shot and killed when he interrupted an abduction in progress at a rural highway rest area on Highway 71 near Del Valle, Texas. He was shot in the neck.
The suspect fled the scene but was later stopped in San Antonio, Texas, for not wearing his seatbelt. He opened fire on the officer who stopped him and was wounded by the officer's return fire. He was convicted of Trooper Warren's murder and sentenced to prison. He is eligible for parole in 2008.
Trooper Warren had served with the Texas Highway Patrol for 12.5 years, and was assigned to Region 6. He is survived by his parents, two daughters, and three brothers.
Εχουν λυσσάξει πια με τη Μακεδονία !
στο Αμερικάνικο site http://www.topix.com/forum/world/mac...AAFN23PMGMJ147
έχουν αναρτήσει δημοσκόπηση για το αν είναι η Μακεδονία Ελληνική...
Να φτιάξουμε κι εμείς μια δημοσκόπηση για το αν είναι Αμερικάνικο το TEXAS ;
ή μήπως αν τολμήσει να το κάνει αυτό κάποιος θα στείλουν αεροπλανοφόρα και θα ισοπεδώσουν τη χώρα "για να πατάξουν την τρομοκρατία;"
Klein Oak Choir's head director has resigned unexpectedly from the staff of Klein Oak. We believe that he has been asked to quit from Klein Oak by a filed complaint against him. He has been an amazing director and he has deeply impacted everyone of us.
If he was to leave this choir program our choir would lose everything Dr. Morris has tried so hard to achieve. Our choir is one of the best in the state of Texas and deserves only the best, Dr. Terry Morris.
On July 9, 2009 both the Brown County Appraisal District and the Appraisal Review Board were given facts supporting the premises that the properties of Brown County Texas are not being appraised accurately or fairly according to their market value.
The most valuable properties in Brown County are being appraised WELL below their market value, while other, moderately priced properties are being appraised at the very top of their market value. This is not legal under the Texas Property Tax Code and needs to be corrected.
Father's rights in the state of Texas is in need of serious reform! Father's are financially raped while only getting to see their children less than 10% of the time each week. A father is paying $800 a month based on what he USED to make. Visitation is a joke. 3 hours every other week equals 1.7% of the time. Even on the 1st, 3rd and 5th weekends it only goes up to 6.5% of the time.
The Palo Duro canyon is the second largest canyon in the world, second only to the Grand Canyon. It was home to the Comanche Indians. The mackinzie raid, one of the last great battles with the indians happened here. It is important habitat for all types of wildlife.
It is the least developed and most unique places in our area. There are several better alternative routes for this transmission line.
It has come to the attention of the band parents that the band is over budget for operation and transportation costs this year. While the Medina Valleyy HS Football team has enjoyed an exemplary year and has excelled through the playoffs, success comes with a price.
The band enjoys their role of showing support and helping boost the spirit of the fans and football team during the games but is showing a negative transportation budget due to the extra travel involved during the playoffs.
The football team trains long an hard to be a success and their training shows during the games. The band also spends many hours working and training for success.
In addition to supporting the football team, the band also works to prepare for and travels to contests, competitions and concerts throughout the area. The band members give their all to fulfil their potential and meet the obligations and challenges ahead of them throughout the year. They will not be successful in these endeavors without the financial assistance needed for travel to these various events.
As parents who pay school taxes for the district it is our concern that some organizations receive a healthier budget than others. While it is understandable that the football team would have a larger budget as money is needed for uniforms, pads, coaches, trainers, etc, the band also needs some assistance as they travel with the football team during the playoff games.
While most expenses can be budgeted for prior to the school year, no one knows how well the football team will play during the playoffs, and often times, those extra games and travel expenses cannot be accounted for during the annual budget meetings. As the band continues to support the football team through the playoffs, additional funding is required to cover the expenses already incurred and cover future costs competitions, parades, concerts, and other band activities.
The MVHS band parents are requesting your assistance in obtaining the necessary funding for the band's travel expenses.
Over eleven hundred semiconductor workers, engineers, and support staff were laid off when the silicon manufacturing plant, STMicroelectronics closed its site in Carrollton,TX and went overseas in this past year.
The last several dozen people in the company put together several state and federal grant and loan applications to convert this silicon manufacturing site to a silicon solar manufacturing company (G2V website: www.G2vtech.com ) complete with solar education, and certificate and degree programs, to not only retrain and hire back all 1100 people, but provide new Green Economy employable skills and education for other laid off workers and young people in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
The state grant was essential for the initial cost of the project - to buy the plant and set up the retraining with local colleges, and to apply for the Federal low interest loans. A group of thirty or forty scientist and engineers have been working on this business plan for the past 4 months.
In spite of a positive initial response from the TX state government, it seems that the state grant is not coming through. We requested 30 - 40 million dollars. There is enough money in the state budget allocation for the State Enterprise Development Fund to support this project, however the funding is basically at the discretion of TX Governor Perry (although the lieutenant governor and secretary of state also must sign their approval, if Governor Perry agrees, the other approvals are virtually assured.) As of now it seems that the application for the grant has been shelved indefinitely.
It should be noted that the cost of one year of state unemployment benefits for those laid off workers would be roughly equal to the grant in question to pay for the solar manufacturing facility - costing the state of TX and it's taxpayers nothing for this great benefit.