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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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