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Texas local debt creation: The mechanics of seeding and growing

The Nov. 3 election will bring new taxpayer-funded debt opportunity as voters weigh in on adding a total $9 billion – $12 billion or more with interest – to the state’s already hefty $328 billion debt load. Texans take pride in our fiscally responsible, small government image, but reality paints a different picture. In fact, Keep Reading…

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November election brings Texas new taxpayer-funded debt opportunities

Despite Texas already carrying record local government debt, the Nov. 3 election will bring opportunity for voters to add more than $9 billion – $12 billion or more with interest – to the state’s already hefty $328 billion debt load. Texas’ highest debt is with our school districts at $111 billion and closely followed by Keep Reading…

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Texas student debt: Outstanding loans, default rates and what this means

Today’s $1.3 trillion federal student debt includes $103 billion of loans in default, according an August 2015 Government Accountability Office report. Student loan amounts are at record highs and new government numbers detail just how well those debt obligations are being met. While Department of Education data shows the national student loan default rates dropping Keep Reading…

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Texas economy poised for hit as EPA proposes new ozone regs

By prompting lost jobs, hefty compliance costs and rising electricity rates, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s latest ozone regulation proposal isn’t just another government regulation. In fact, new analysis suggests Texans should prepare to experience massive changes not only within their economy, but also to their way of life. In November 2014, the EPA proposed Keep Reading…

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Glossip execution again stayed (OK)

The case of Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip took another interesting turn today. Just minutes before his scheduled execution, Gov. Mary Fallin once again called it off. From NBC News: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin halted the execution of Richard Glossip at the last minute on Wednesday after prison officials tried to go forward with Keep Reading…

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