How an obscure amendment to the state’s property tax code helps Texas corporations get out of paying property taxes and leaves counties—and citizens—stretched thin.
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Let the bashing of public schools, immigrants and any limitations whatsoever on guns begin.
In a sign that Abbott, like Rick Perry, is willing to borrow budgeting ideas from the libertarian fringe, he proposed a suite of changes to the fundamentals of state budgeting that would effectively put Texas in a permanent state of austerity and dramatically expand the governor’s budgeting authority.
The fight isn’t over yet: The House still needs to pass Senate Bill 1 to seal the deal.
In a surprisingly quick move, the Senate passed SB 1—the $196.95 billion state budget for the next two years—late Saturday afternoon on a 27-4 vote.
The session adjourns on Monday, but the big question on everyone’s lips at the Capitol is: Will there be a special session?
Luckily, the Senators came to their senses and Williams proposed a bill accepted, even lauded, by his Democratic counterparts. Under the plan, the basic allotment per-student-spending would reach $5,040 in 2015, which is the ever in the state.
After a short debate, Senate Joint Resolution 1 easily in the House, letting voters approve creating a fund for state water planning projects.
It’s one week left of the Legislature, and lawmakers are cramming last-minute laws into the session like it’s the night before their final exams.
After yesterday’s budget mess, it looks like a deal has been reached. On Thursday the Observer reported that the budget negotiations stalled after pressure […]