Category: Commentary

Texans closer to new tax relief

After weeks of reportedly contentious negotiations between Texas House and Senate leaders, terms of a $3.8 billion tax relief package impacting homeowners and businesses has been announced. Both the House and Senate must still pass the measure prior to the legislative session’s June 1 adjournment. It will also require voter approval in November, but the Keep Reading…


Texas offers bright economic spot for Class of 2015

For all the Class of 2015 faces, glad Texas is offering at least one bright spot. From Watchdog Arena: Graduation can be a daunting time. It’s a common fear, so common that even the a cappella divas of Pitch Perfect 2 faced trepidation at thoughts of cutting that collegiate cord. But while new grads face Keep Reading…


Bell County moves closer to imposing hotel occupancy tax (TX)

Bell County is one step closer to a 2 percent hotel occupancy tax that will reportedly assist with renovations and upkeep of the Bell County Expo Center. HB 2019, a bill authorizing the imposition by certain counties of a hotel occupancy tax, was heard Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Natural Resources & Economic Development. Keep Reading…


Waco shooting and the Texas open carry debate

Will Sunday’s shooting in Waco impact the open carry debate currently underway in Texas? From Watchdog Arena: The impact of Sunday afternoon’s motorcycle gang brawl at the Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco remains to be seen, but it didn’t stop a Senate committee from voting to move forward on an open carry bill. The Texas Keep Reading…


Might Texans still see property tax relief?

As Texans continue waiting for property tax relief to materialize, here’s a recap of what’s at issue. From Watchdog Arena: Believe it or not, experts agree that the economically thriving state of Texas has a property tax problem. With only two weeks left, whether the Texas Legislature will deliver property tax relief is yet to Keep Reading…

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