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Rising debt, taxes dim economic outlook in Texas

By   /  April 12, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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The American Legislative Exchange Council downgraded Texas to No. 12 in its 50-state economic outlook released Tuesday.

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Texas taxpayers whipsawed in city-state shell game

By   /  March 17, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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  A new report applauds the Texas Legislature for cutting taxes, but local governments and schools are wiping out the reductions with increased spending and debt. “The 2015 session of the Legislature passed a significant package of tax reforms,” the American Legislative Exchange Council reported Wednesday. Among them: $3.8 billion in tax cuts, including a […]

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Lone Star Rail still rolling after Union Pacific jumps

By   /  February 19, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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Union Pacific jumped off the Lone Star commuter rail project between Austin and San Antonio, but taxpayers remain tied to the tracks.

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Texas homeowners’ plea: Do mess with taxes

By   /  January 29, 2016  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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Without an income tax, but with the sixth highest property tax burden in the country, the Lone Star State is no longer a low-cost haven for homeowners.

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School monopoly is a drag on downtowns

By   /  January 25, 2016  /  Education, Education Blog, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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If schools sell real estate, downtown San Antonio is dirt poor and getting fleeced.

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Dump property tax for sales tax, group says

By   /  October 30, 2015  /  News, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments

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  While Attorney General Ken Paxton challenges Austin’s bid to dismantle Texas’ property tax law, a think tank wants to replace it with a reformed sales tax. The Democrat-controlled city alleges commercial and vacant land throughout Travis County is under-appraised. “The city of Austin has made it clear they want one thing and one thing […]

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