Texas lawmakers may have inadvertently created a corporate tax loophole

In a state struggling to adequately finance its schools, legislators have passed a measure that threatens to further reduce funding allocated to education.  This November, Texans will vote on a proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting the imposition of an individual income tax. But inconsistencies with language used in the ballot measure could uncover a loophole, allowing […]

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Rep. Zerwas, the Republican Chair of the Appropriations Committee, is joining the UT System. Here’s what he’s leaving behind.

After 13 years serving in the state legislature, Rep. Zerwas (R-Richmond) steps away from his position with a reputation for working across the political aisle—but also leaves behind a legacy that prioritized business interests over the needs of his constituents and the people of Texas.  Medicaid  Despite proposing alternatives to Medicaid expansion in a failed […]

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Bonnghazi: The Twitter Timeline of Bonnen’s Backroom Deal

“Bonnghazi” and “Bonnen Gate” are the terms being used to describe the political scandal splintering the Texas House. On June 12, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) and GOP caucus chairman Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) met with hardline conservative activist and leader of Empower Texans, Michael Quinn Sullivan. The details of the meeting are disputed, and […]

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How TX Legislators respond to the El Paso Shooting

The state of Texas is reeling following the mass shooting in El Paso, Texas that killed 22 and wounded 26 on Saturday, August 3. The attack was carried out by a 21-year-old man, now in state custody, who traveled to the border city from a Dallas suburb to carry out the attack after posting an […]

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Legislators push back against plastic pirates in your own neighborhood

It was a sunny afternoon in the Fall of 2018 when the Houston Police Department, along with the Texas Retailers Association (TRA) Plastic Crate Task Force, busted an illegal recycling grinder.  Overall, the sting operation seized enough stolen plastic crates, trays, and pallets to fill nine 18-wheelers. The plastic products targeted? Ordinary delivery crates from […]

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