Property tax relief bill filed to limit annual increases; Cities decry move that would cut revenue (11/30/16)

Senate Bill 2, filed by Republican Sen. Paul Bettencourt of Houston, would require cities and counties to ask for voter approval for any annual property tax hike of 4 percent or greater. The bill would not affect school district taxes. (Read more…)

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Lawmakers lower state’s spending cap (12/2/16)

State lawmakers lowered the state’s constitutional spending cap Thursday to 8 percent, a drop from the 11.68 percent spending cap on new state spending approved two years ago. The lower cap reflects the downturn in the oil and gas industries that fuel much of the Texas economy. (Read more…)

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Bad hospital owners targeted (12/6/16)

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, introduced a bill to crack down on unscrupulous hospital operators by requiring greater disclosure of ownership interests and more frequent state safety inspections. (Read more…)

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Water utilities can help Texas conservation efforts (12/5/16)

Ensuring Texas will have water to meet the needs of humans and wildlife is a huge challenge. Fortunately, we can all play a role in reaching that goal because conserving water is one of the cheapest and most effective tools we have to protect our water supplies. Many Texas water utilities are now taking on…

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Abbott renews call to limit fed’s power (12/7/16)

Abbott began calling for a convention of the state in January and has promised to make the issue a priority during the 2017 Legislative Session. Read more>>

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