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Council candidate: Don’t ‘bond out bureaucrats’

By   /  February 22, 2017  /  Accountability, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Patty Gibbons photo

Boosters of San Antonio’s proposed $850 million bond call the record debt package “essential” and “transformational,” but a city council candidate who served on one of the bond committees calls it “bonding out the bureaucrats.”

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Judge in Paxton case prefers Collin County venue, but won’t commit

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

Part 17 of 16 in the series The Problematic Paxton Prosecution The judge in the fraud case of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday he would prefer to keep the trial in Collin County, but did not commit to doing so. “The court plans to keep the case in Collin County but will keep […]

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Bill would refund taxes on homes sold under appraised value

By   /  February 16, 2017  /  Legislature, News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

Homeowners whose properties sell at prices below the values set by the local appraisal district would get a tax refund under legislation proposed in the Texas House.

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Land battle, Japanese ‘monopoly’ dog high-speed train in Texas

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  News, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

Texas Central Railway photo

A leading Republican lawmaker and mad-as-hell landowners are throwing wrenches into Texas’ high-speed rail venture, even as President Donald Trump seeks to put the Dallas-Houston train on a fast track.

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A legislative roundup of school choice proposals

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Arizona, Arkansas, Education Blog, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, Texas  /  No Comments

Education Week reports on the wide range of states that are considering expanding school choice in their 2017 legislative sessions, and on a couple where opponents are trying to roll back the clock. EdWeek cites Arkansas, Arizona, Kentucky, Missouri and Texas as prime targets of opportunity for reformers. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Nevada are trying to rollback […]

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Prosecutors’ motion effectively an admission of Paxton’s innocence

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Commentary, Texas  /  No Comments

Courtesy of Annenberg Classroom

The court-appointed attorneys trying to imprison Attorney General Ken Paxton effectively admitted last week that he is innocent.

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