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With Roadblocks Looming for Property Tax Relief, Will Lawmakers Decide to Increase Sales Taxes?

With Roadblocks Looming for Property Tax Relief, Will Lawmakers Decide to Increase Sales Taxes? By: Rebekah Allen (Dallas Morning News) AUSTIN — Texas’ top elected leaders made two key promises at the start of the legislative session: to boost funding for public schools and give property owners tax relief. It appears more likely that a deal will …

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Texas lawmakers reach deal on legislation to end surprise medical bills

Texas Lawmakers Reach Deal on Legislation to End Surprise Medical Bills By: Ashley Goudeau (KVUE) AUSTIN, Texas — Texas lawmakers say they’ve put partisan politics aside to reach a deal on Senate Bill 1264 (SB1264) by Senator Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). SB1264 would let medical providers go into arbitration with health insurance companies to negotiate payment. …

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Fight Against Surprise Medical Bills Gains Momentum in Legislature

Fight Against Surprise Medical Bills Gains Momentum in Legislature By: Jenny Deam (Houston Chronicle) The quest to protect Texans against “shock” medical billing gained momentum Monday as two similar, bi-partisan pieces of legislation were merged, taking the strongest aim yet at a business practice that continues to financially devastate unsuspecting patients. “That’s why we’re here …

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Propuesta de ley busca otorgar más dinero a los distritos escolares de Texas

Propuesta de ley busca otorgar más dinero a los distritos escolares de Texas Propuesta de ley busca otorgar más dinero a los distritos escolares de Texas La HB3 busca inyectar nueve mil millones de dólares al sistema educativo a fin de mejorar las condiciones en distritos que no cuentan con tantos recursos. | Tu Ciudad …

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Texas lawmakers debate need for state incentives programs

Texas lawmakers debate need for state incentives programs By: Bob Sechler (Austin-American Statesman) The merits of taxpayer-funded business incentives — described alternatively as either crucial tools for economic development or wasteful corporate giveaways — took center stage Wednesday as a Texas House committee heard debate over key tax abatement programs used by local governments and school …

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Bexar County Superintendents Hopeful About House Bill 3’s Potential School Finance Fix

Bexar County Superintendents Hopeful About House Bill 3’s Potential School Finance Fix By: Emily Donaldson (Rivard Report) Bexar County school leaders are using a word they haven’t used in a while to describe their view of school finance reform: optimistic. The day after the House Public Education Committee unanimously voted to forward House Bill 3, a …

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OP-ED: Beware legislators bearing property tax relief — they’re why you need it

Beware legislators bearing property tax relief — they’re why you need it BY REP TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER In the 2017 session,the Texas Legislature saw over 10,000 bills filed. A small number of those bills stood out against the rest, and this year is no exception. Of the thousands of bills already filed in the Legislature, …

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Gov. Abbott takes aim at paid sick leave rules in San Antonio, Austin

Gov. Abbott takes aim at paid sick leave rules in San Antonio, Austin BY ALLIE MORRIS, AUSTIN BUREAU AUSTIN — A bill backed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott would likely kill San Antonio’s ordinance that requires private employers to provide paid sick leave to workers, as well as blocking any future policies like it. Abbott …

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