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What we’re reading: Gov. Abbott issues order on vaccine passports, McConnell warns big business

Texas Governor Greg Abbott organizes himself before he talks about Operation Lone Star during a press conference Texas Department of Public Safety Weslaco Regional Office on Thursday, April 1, 2021, in Weslaco, Texas. (Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP)

Gov. Greg Abbott prevents vaccine passports 

An executive order was issued by Gov. Greg Abbot on Tuesday preventing state agencies from requiring Texans to receive COVID-19 vaccine passports to enter buildings and accept other services, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The order comes as both the International Air Transport Association and IBM are currently developing their own versions of a vaccine passport. The order issued by Abbott also applies to political subdivisions and all departments or agencies that receive public funding.

“As I’ve said all along, these vaccines are always voluntary and never forced,” Abbott said in a written statement.  “Government should not require any Texan to show proof of vaccination and reveal private health information just to go about their daily lives.”

McConnell issues warning to big business after MLB moves All-Star Game

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., addresses the media at a COVID vaccination site at Kroger Field in Lexington, Ky., Monday, April 5, 2021. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said that businesses could face “consequences” if they continue to try to influence voting laws, according to CNN.

This statement comes shortly after the backlash over Georgia’s new elections laws and the MLB’s decision to relocate their All-Star game from Atlanta. 

“Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box,” McConnell said.

McConnell later warned corporate America to “stay out of politics” at a news conference.

FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2020, file photo, students wearing face masks work on computers at Tibbals Elementary School in Murphy, Texas. A new poll from The University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that most parents fear that their children are falling behind in school while at home during the pandemic (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Charles Butt and Joe Straus encourage Texas to use $18 billion towards public schools

On Tuesday, H-E-B Chairman Charles Butt and former House Speaker Joe Straus continued to pressure lawmakers into sending funds into school districts, according to the Dallas Morning News

The early drafts of the next state budget have excluded about $18 billion in federal funds that were intended to help students and schools amid the pandemic.

The executive director of the Texas School Coalition, Christy Rome said, “All parents want to see their children succeed and in order for us to help that happen, we need additional services in order to overcome that learning loss that has occurred.”

Gov. Greg Abbott also provided his support and input suggesting that all federal funds intended for schools should be sent “as quickly as possible.”

As schools begin to estimate budgeting costs for the next school year, the cause for concern continues to rise.

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