Better roads, shorter commutes to work - not bathroom bills.

Tax reform that actually cuts property taxes - not petty political feuds.

Common sense public policy - not social issue melodrama spun by the fringe.

I think most of us would choose pragmatic governing in Austin any day over partisan divisiveness.

But it's always nice...

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  • The Trump administration issued a decision on a high-profile trade case, imposing 30% tariffs on imported crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules and cells. The first 2.5 GW of cell imports of every year are excluded, according to the press release, which offered no details on whether or not some countries...

January 23, 2018

President Trump urged Congress to bring back lawmaker-sponsored project "earmarks" and use them to build support for legislation, at a time his administration is weighing how and when to roll out a long-delayed infrastructure investment plan.

Trump made his earmark comments during a White House session with members of Congre...

January 10, 2018

For the first time in more than 30 years, Congress has passed a major overhaul of the tax code. The Senate and House have approved the GOP compromise bill, and President Trump is expected to sign it before the end of the year.

The final bill is better than initially expected for state and local governments, but key provision...

September 22, 2017

The House and Senate is expected to extend the Federal Aviation Administration's authorization before it expires Sept. 30, and then soon turn to such issues as tax cuts and perhaps an infrastructure investment plan.

Lawmakers were reportedly largely agreed that they would approve another simple extension of the FAA by month'...

August 31, 2017

Dear Chief Appraisers and Tax Assessor-Collectors:

When requested by a local taxing unit, an appraisal district is required to complete a reappraisal as soon as practicable of all property damaged in an area that the Governor declares a disaster area. The local taxing unit requesting the reappraisal must pay all the costs in...

August 21, 2017

A top aide to President Trump told reporters Aug 15 that the administration plans to first pursue a tax reform plan in Congress this autumn, then turn to the long-promised infrastructure investment plan.

Gary Cohn, director of the president's National Economic Council, said the infrastructure plan would "come on the heels" o...

Gov. Greg Abbott kicked off his first special session two weeks ago. That puts the Legislature at the halfway point if they choose to take the maximum 30 days they are permitted to meet — and given Abbott's ambitious agenda, it's looking like they may need all the time they can get.

So far, the special session hasn't been to...

Groups representing state and local governments are stepping up their efforts to preserve the deduction for state and local taxes (SALT), arguing in a report released Tuesday that the preference does not just benefit the wealthy and residents of high-tax states.

“If SALT were repealed, almost 30% of taxpayers, including indi...

July 10, 2017

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, the legislature adjourned its 85th regular session without extending the existence of the Texas Medical Board, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, the Texas State Board of Examiners of Pro...

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