UT/TT Poll: Texas voters’ view of federal response to Hurricane Harvey

Texas voters’ approval toward the federal government’s response to Hurricane Harvey fell since October 2017, from 57 percent to 48 percent, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.  

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TCEQ Seeks Stakeholder Input on Upcoming Rulemaking Related to Backflow Prevention Methods and Devices

The TCEQ will conduct stakeholder meetings across the state in January to solicit informal comments on rulemaking for 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 334, Subchapter F, Landscape Irrigation – Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection. This rulemaking is the result of petitions approved at the Oct. 4, 2017, Commissioner’s Agenda. The petitions seek to amend acceptable…

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El Campo CDC Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

ARCIT member, El Campo City Development Corporation (CDC) won a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its Shop Local! Small Business Week Campaign, a project in the category of Paid Ad Campaign from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony during the IEDC Annual Conference in Toronto,…

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How should TxDOT prioritize Freight Projects?

TxDOT is hosting a series of workshops throughout the state to get your input on freight transportation system investments. (Flyer) We invite you to join us at one of the workshops near you! To register go to: www.movetexasfreight.com  

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How to pay for a $12 billion bullet train without asking Texas for money

Texas Central says global interest in American infrastructure will fund and finance a high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston. Experts and critics are more skeptical. Read More>>

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Texas’ rural roots and urban future are on a high-speed collision course

A private firm’s proposed Houston-Dallas bullet train would connect two of America’s biggest metropolitan areas. But the 240-mile line would require a lot of country land that many Texans don’t want to give up. Read More>>

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Land dispute lies at the heart of bullet train battles

In both courthouses and at the state Capitol, opponents of a private company’s plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train have zeroed on in the firm’s claim that it has the authority to take land by condemnation if necessary. Read More>>

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Don’t Miss out on Funding from the Texas Emissions Reduction Program

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has a large amount of grant funding available to help reduce air pollution from older vehicles and heavy equipment.  The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) urges all organizations with vehicle or equipment fleets in the North Texas area to consider applying to these programs.  NCTCOG staff…

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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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