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Texas voters’ local bond approvals create future generations’ debt legacy

Texans like to do things big.  That includes our local government debt.  With the Nov. 6 election bringing approval of $5.5 billion in new bond proposals – $7.7 billion upon adding the interest rarely addressed in bond proposal “sales” campaigns – Texas voters continue embracing debt level largesse, a trend producing financial commitments and consequences Keep Reading…

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Will Texas election battles shift to a lege war against conservatives?

Election day may have brought Texas state legislative races to an end, but a blog post exposing demeaning, disrespectful e-mail comments attributed to Texas House Speaker Joe Straus’s senior staff and allies aimed at conservative legislators and activists has ignited new concerns from both grassroots political organizations and other public policy groups.  These e-mails coupled with Keep Reading…

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Texas public education debt creates questions on today’s efficiency, tomorrow’s debt legacy

Texas school districts account for our state’s largest share of outstanding local government debt, however, higher education is similarly rising as since 2001, state university and college enrollment increased by 32 percent while outstanding debt grew 246 percent. As the third installment of her four-part “Texas, It’s Your Money” report series, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs Keep Reading…

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Shariah compliance comes to UK estate planning, is the US next?

Following probate abuse – misuse or abuse of wills, trusts, guardianships, powers of attorney or probate-related venues – has created awareness that similarly questionable actions quietly occurring in American courts are also happening in the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.  With trending in these actions having such commonality, Estate of Denial® recently Keep Reading…

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School finance lawsuit: Texas school districts v. Texas taxpayers

Eyes are on a Travis County courtroom as opening arguments began this morning in a Texas school finance lawsuit.  A Texas Tribune/KUT News posting  characterized the action as a “major school finance case pitting more than 500 school districts against the state in a legal battle that could reshape how money is distributed to classrooms Keep Reading…

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