Abbott, Patrick, Straus announce tax relief compromise

Published Wednesday, May 27, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus on May 21 jointly announced a $3.8 billion tax relief package for Texas businesses and homeowners.

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Agreement on state budget evades House, Senate

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015
By Ed Sterling

June 1 is the last day of the 84th regular session of the Texas Legislature. From now until then is all the time that remains for the House and Senate to decide if they're going to agree on a 2016-2017 state budget.

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Conferees struggle toward budget compromise

Published Wednesday, May 13, 2015
By Ed Sterling

For the Texas Legislature to accomplish its main purpose, the passage of a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 must be achieved.

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House, Senate produce disparate versions of tax relief

Published Wednesday, May 6, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Legislation approved by the House and Senate last week reveal widely differing views on how to bring about tax relief to Texans in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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House, Senate state budget conferees roll up sleeves

Published Wednesday, April 29, 2015
By Ed Sterling

With barely more than a month left in the regular session of the Texas Legislature, it's time for the House and Senate to do whatever can be done to reach an all-points agreement on House Bill 1, the state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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Senate passes version of 2016-2017 state budget

Published Wednesday, April 22, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Texas Senate on April 14 passed its version of the 2016-2017 state budget.

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Senate passes bill to remake Public Integrity Unit

Published Wednesday, April 15, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Statewide authority to investigate and prosecute public corruption would be moved out of the Travis County District Attorney's Office under Senate Bill 10, legislation approved by the Senate on April 9.

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House passes state budget after long debate

Published Wednesday, April 8, 2015
By Ed Sterling

After 17 hours of floor debate and hundreds of amendments considered, the Texas House of Representatives on April 1 passed House Bill 1, a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017 that appropriates $209.8 billion.

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House, Senate continue with primary task: adopting budget

Published Wednesday, April 1, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The House Appropriations Committee on March 24 unanimously approved the General Appropriations Act (House Bill 1) - the first hurdle toward passing a state budget for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.

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House passes human trafficking, border security bills

Published Wednesday, March 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Bills to address the illegal importation and exploitation of persons and to protect the state's border with Mexico moved through the Texas House last week.

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Lawmakers seek to control elements of state spending

Published Wednesday, March 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Debates over the Texas House and Senate versions of the state budget lie ahead, and movement toward setting budget controls to blend into a final, agreed-upon budget for 2016-2017 emerged in low-numbered bills filed last week.

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Senate bills set stage for tax, debt relief

Published Wednesday, March 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

A trio of powerful state senators, along with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, on March 5 jointly announced the filing of legislation they coauthored to cut taxes and pay off state debt.

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Senate panel passes legislation to fund state highways

Published Wednesday, March 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

The Senate Transportation Committee tentatively approved two pieces of legislation Feb. 25 that would take a portion of various motor vehicle related taxes and dedicate that money to road and bridge construction and maintenance.

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Governor gives lawmakers his state budget priorities

Published Wednesday, February 25, 2015
By Ed Sterling

On Feb. 17, Gov. Greg Abbott delivered his first State of the State address during a joint session of the Texas House and Senate and released his recommendations for the two-year 2016-2017 state budget.

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Abbott joins other governors in urging against veto

Published Wednesday, February 18, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Greg Abbott on Feb. 12 announced he had joined a coalition of 24 governors in signing and sending a letter to President Obama that urges the nation's chief executive "to reconsider his threat" to veto legislation approving the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Senate panel hears testimony on funding needs

Published Wednesday, February 11, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Last week, the Senate Finance Committee began groundwork for its budget-writing duties with public hearings on four consecutive days.

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Budget-writing process begins in Senate committee

Published Wednesday, February 4, 2015
By Ed Sterling

On Jan. 28 the main work of the Texas Legislature started when the state budget-writing Senate Finance Committee met at the Capitol.

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Abbott, Patrick take office

Published Wednesday, January 28, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Jan. 20 was inauguration day for Gov. Greg Abbott, successor to Rick Perry, who completed a record-setting 14 years as governor. Abbott is the 48th governor of Texas.

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Perry gives parting speech

Published Wednesday, January 21, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Gov. Rick Perry addressed a joint session of the House and Senate for the last time on Jan. 13, opening day of the 140-day regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature.

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Proposal would put contracts under increased scrutiny

Published Wednesday, January 14, 2015
By Ed Sterling

Signaling his intent to promote transparency and accountability in the 84th Texas Legislature, House Speaker Joe Straus on Jan. 9 announced that in the coming weeks the House would release a budget proposal designed to strengthen oversight of state agency contracts.

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