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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas Page IOA-Herald-Zeitung -Sunday, January 14, 2007 forum CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Public event takes place Monday O'Lene Stone said. "He is recognized nationally as one of the top experts on immigration." Besides practicing immigration law, Shivers has been a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association since 1985, and was inducted into the San Antonio Women's Hall of Fame in 1995. The National League of Women Voters decided to make immigration its next issue for a two-year study, and the Comal league called the Monday forum to help kick-off this study. The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, nonprofit political organization that encourages informed and active participation by citizens. Lamar Smith wage CONTINUED FROM Page 1A $5.15 per hour not a livable wage, some say still making the same amount of money. So you have to make your paycheck stretch longer." Adams, who has been working at the restaurant for three years, now makes $7 an hour. But when she began working at Bamboo Asian Buffet, she was making the restaurant's starting hourly -wage of $5.50. Adams said the $7 per hour allows her to pay bills and rent, but it would be extremely difficult to support herself making $5.50. "When I started here, I was living at home and I didn't have many bills," said Adams. "But if ] made that and lived on my own, I don't think it would be possible. You would have to work 12 hour days, seven days a week to make it work." Audrey Palomino, store supervisor at The Paper Factory in New Braunfels for the past nine months, makes $7 an hour but also has a second job to make ends meet. "It's hard - it is definitely not easy to live on," Palomino said. "It's a lot of Ramen noodles and value menus." Palomino also works as part-time employee at Easy Spirit & Company Outlet. She has worked there for three years and currently makes $6.27 per hour. But even with the two jobs, monthly expenses such as rent, groceries, bills, gas and health insurance do not leave Palomino with much remaining at the end of the month. "Raising the minimum wage would help; it would definitely make day-to-day expenses easier," she said. "1 start out at $7 an hour so I'm doing OK, but I am still struggling. People who are making $5.15 an hour and living on their own, I'd imagine, have it really hard." Jenifer Rivas, manager of The Paper Factory, said the store starts employees at $6.50 an hour. That has increased in the past year from the store's previous starting pay of $6. "I do not know how anyone can live off $5.15 an hour. There's no way," Rivas said. "But I think that is quite a jump to go from $5.15 to $7.25. That's huge." Although Rivas said she believes the minimum wage should be increased, she said it could be a challenge for many businesses. She also said the proposed three-step gradual increase would make "I do not know how anyone can live off $5.15 and hour. There's no way." - Jenifer Rivas employee atThe Paper Factory the transition much easier for small businesses like The Paper Factory. Tiffany Fluitt, owner of Gruene Outfitters Inc., said the decision to raise the minimum wage won't make a difference to her business. "It does not really affect us because we typically start our employees at $8 an hour," Fluitt said. "We do not have a lot of employees so the employees we do hire have a lot of duties." Fluitt said she believes employee pay should be determined by the level of responsibilities given. "This is not a stand-at-the cash register type of job; there is a ton to do," Fluitt said. "I think it all depends on the employee's duties. If it takes a little bit of skill and effort, I think they deserve to be paid more." Ins Newspaper of the Year HERALD-ZE1TUNG lessons AGES 10-ADULT LEARN HOW TO PAINT! CLASSES START JAN. 16 Downtown Now Braunfols CASADE LINDA ART STUDIO 830-624-5302 I reat recipe? vo wis Mi or of the The Herald-zeitung is compiling recipes from its readers and running a couple each Wednesday on the Life page. Once we have compiled enough recipes, we'll publish them all in a cookbook with a distinct New Braunfels area flavor - A Taste of the Hill country! Right now we're looking for desserts - dishes that you and your family have enjoyed for years or just recently discovered your fondness for. Send your recipes, a photo of yourself and a brief description of what makes the recipe special to you to [email protected] Please put "RECIPES" in the subject line of the e-mail. Herald-Zeitung JUp Newspaper of the Year Corporations foot bill for most of Perry's $2 million ceremony AUSTIN (AP) - Energy provider TXU Corp. and a Houston construction firm with a state contract to help build toll roads across Texas are among the companies paying most of the $2 million tab for Gov. Rick Perry's inaugural celebration this week. Corporations will underwrite $1.4 million of Tuesday's festivities around the Capitol, where Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst will be sworn in. The inauguration kicks off a daylong party featuring a parade, barbecue and a glittery black-tie ball. Companies say the political contributions are part of doing business in the state, while critics argue that the donations help corporations and their executive get access and special treaunent. Dallas-based TXU is a $15,000 donor for the celebration, which comes about 14 months after Perry issued an executive order to fast-track the permitting process for new coal-fired power plants. Florida-based AshBritt Inc., also a $15,000 donor, is a debris-removal company that has sought government contracts following hurricanes and ice storms that hit Texas. Kathy Walt, a spokeswoman for Perry, said private donors help save tax dollars and make the inaugural more affordable. "These are individuals and corporations who choose to be a part of a historical event and help plan a celebration that involves Texans all across the state," she said. Thousands are expected to attend the swearing in at the Capitol. Under state law, corporations are prohibited from contributing to political candidates but may pay for inaugural activities. The list of the corporate donors was obtained by The Dallas Morning News through the inaugural committee. AT&T Corp. is the biggest contributor at$100,000. ExxonMobil Corp. andTime Warner Inc. were the next-largest contributors, with each giving $50,000. Houston-based Dannen-baum Engineering, which has a state contract as part of Perry's toll road initiative, is a $10,000 donor. "It's the party the corporate lobby can't afford to miss," said Craig McDonald of Texans for Public Justice, a nonprofit group that tracks campaign contributions. 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