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State Sales Tax Revenue Totaled $4 Billion

(AUSTIN) — Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar today said state sales tax revenue totaled $4.02 billion in January, 2 percent less than in January 2023. The majority of January sales tax revenue is based on sales made in December and remitted to the agency in January. “For the second time since pandemic restrictions were lifted, monthly state sales tax collections fell compared with the same month the year before,” Hegar said. “A contributing factor was higher-than-normal refund activity, but several sectors that have been trending downwards in recent months continued to show weakness in January. “Remittances from the wholesale trade sector were down for the ninth time in 10 months, and receipts from manufacturing were down for the fourth time in five months. Receipts from the oil and gas mining sector were down for the second month in a row. In the major sectors driven primarily by business spending, remittances from the construction sector were the lone positive standout, increasing by mid-single digits compared with a year ago. “Overall, receipts from the consumer-driven retail trade sector were just slightly above last year, but with receipts from most retail subsectors down. Receipts from electronics and appliance stores were down the most, followed by declines from clothing and apparel stores. Remittances from home improvement centers and furniture and home goods stores continued to decline significantly, as has been the case in recent months following the pandemicspurred boom in those categories. Receipts from general merchandisers also fell. Receipts from online merchants were the bright spot among the large retail trade subsectors, with remittances coming in strongly over January 2023 totals. “Receipts from restaurants grew in the mid-single digits and slightly higher than the inflation rate for food away from home.” Total sales tax revenue for the three months ending in January 2024 was up 1.6 percent compared with the same period a year ago. Sales tax is the largest source of state funding for the state budget, accounting for 57 percent of all tax collections. Texas collected the following revenue from other major taxes: ● motor vehicle sales and rental taxes — $618 million, up 9 percent from January 2023; ● motor fuel taxes — $307 million, down 1 percent from January 2023; ● oil production tax — $500 million, up 3 percent from January 2023; ● natural gas production tax — $188 million, down 41 percent from January 2023; ● hotel occupancy tax — $25 million, down 54 percent from January 2023; and ● alcoholic beverage taxes — $154 million, down 1 percent from January 2023.

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Meadow, Wellman-Union to See Each Other More During District Play

MeadowI ISD and Wellman-Union ISD eagerly waited for the realignments and learned that they would see much more of each other during district play.

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Lady Cubs' Offense too Much for Squaws to Handle

The Brownfield Lady Cubs’ offense was redhot throughout the whole game Tuesday night to take home the 56-27 win over the Friona Squaws. The Lady Cubs’offense got off to a quick start in the opening quarter to take an early 12-5 lead. The Lady Cubs continued to dominate on both sides of the ball to outscore the Squaws 15-5 to extend their lead to 27-10 heading into the break. Despite scoring a game-high of nine points in the third quarter, the Squaws could not match the Lady Cubs’12 points to extend Brwonfield’s lead to 39-19 heading into the final quarter. The Lady Cubs sealed the game after recording 17 points in the final quarter for the 56-27 win over Friona.

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Brownfield Crushes Friona 75-36

The Brownfield Runnin’ Cubs defeated the Friona Chieftans on the road Tuesday night in dominating fashion 75-36. After suffering a loss last week to Littlefield, Brownfield dropped out of the TABC rankings but showed Tuesday night that won’t hinder them from their goals at hand. Even without the services of Brason Salas, Trae Timmins, and Quavience Busby the Runnin’ Cubs controlled the game from start to finish. Jeron Lawrence led the Runnin’Cubs in scoring with 19, followed by JoJo Carrillo who had 16, while George Rivera finished with 12 and KJ Carroll finished with 11. Brownfield remains at tied at the top of the district standings with Littlefield but control their own destiny as if they win out they’ll win atleast a share of the district championship. Up next on Friday night the Brownfield Runnin’ Cubs will take on the Muleshoe Mules in what will be the final game of the season in ‘The PIT’ where both the Lady Cubs and Runnin’ Cubs will honor their seniors.

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Brownfield UIL Realignment Results are In!!

It’s like Christmas in February for Coaches all across the state of Texas as they anxiously awaited to see the results of realignment and what their futures held. For Brownfield things look a little different than things have before beginning with football. They’ve remain in 3A Division 1 District 2 the district looks like this Brownfield Lamesa Denver City Kermit All 4 schools are familiar foes which should create some intense games during the fall. The other thing to note of this district is that all four teams are guaranteed a spot in the playoffs as 4 teams from each district qualify.

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Brownfield Powerlifting Competes at Tiger Invitational

The Brownfield powerlifting team traveled to Fresnhip over the weekend to compete at the Frenship Tiger Invitational. The Cubs finished in 12th place with a total of zero points and the Lady Cubs finished in eighth place with a total of seven points. Zeriah Gomez led the Brownfield powerlifting squad with her first-place finish in the 123-pound weight class.

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Wellman-Union Struggles at Tiger Invitational

The Wellman-Union powerlifting team traveled to Frenship Saturday to compete at the Tiger Invitational. It was a tough weekend for some of the Wildcats but Micaela Escobar led the team with a ninth-place finish in her division.

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