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Gov. Greg Abbott Signs $11.6 Billion School Finance Measure Into Law

By Patrick Svitek, Texas Tribune Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law one of lawmakers’ biggest achievements this year, a massive overhaul of Texas’ long-beleaguered school finance system. Abbott put his signature on House Bill 3 during a triumphant ceremony … Continue reading

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Texas’ Legislative Leaders Say They Have A Deal On School Finance And Property Tax Reform

By Cassandra Pollock and Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune Texas’ top three political leaders declared Thursday that the Legislature had reached agreements on its three main 2019 priorities: A two-year state budget, a comprehensive reform of school finance and legislation designed … Continue reading

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Texas’ Legislative Leaders Push Sales Tax Increase To Lower Property Taxes

Ben Philpott, KUT The Republican leadership in the Texas Legislature announced an agreement Wednesday to swap a sales tax increase with property tax cuts. Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dennis Bonnen said in a press … Continue reading

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Texas Teacher Pay Emerges As A Sticking Point Between House And Senate

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune  With Texas House lawmakers unveiling their long-awaited school finance proposal Tuesday and the Senate’s version likely close behind, teacher pay appears to be emerging as one of the biggest sticking points between the two chambers.

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Texas Is One Of Only 14 States That Haven’t Expanded Medicaid – Despite Strong Public Support

By Ashley Lopez, KUT Almost two-thirds of Texans think state lawmakers should expand Medicaid to cover more low-income uninsured people, according to a survey funded by the Episcopal Health Foundation. SSRS, an independent research company contracted by the group, surveyed 1,210 Texans … Continue reading

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Texas School Finance

By Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media  For decades, Texas has struggled with education funding. Usually lawsuits trigger change, but this legislative session could be different. Right after the 2019 Texas Legislature kicked off, the state’s “Big Three” — all Republican … Continue reading

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Texas Senate panel advances $5,000 teacher pay raise proposal

By Aliyya Swaby, Texas Tribune  After a contentious three-hour public hearing Monday, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously passed a bill that would provide annual $5,000 pay raises for all full-time classroom teachers in the state. One of Republican Lt. Gov. Dan … Continue reading

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New Push For Eminent Domain Reform Expected At Texas Legislature

By Travis Bubenik, Houston Public Media If you want to cook up a battle over private property rights in Texas, here’s the recipe: Take a handful of sprawling cities and growing populations that are expanding into once-rural areas, add a … Continue reading

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The Confederate Plaque In The Texas Capitol Could Be Removed With A State Board Decision.

By Andrew Weber, KUT A plaque honoring the Confederate States of America in the Texas Capitol could come down Friday with a decision from the Texas State Preservation Board. The board is meeting at 10:30 a.m. to discuss removing the … Continue reading

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Texas House Names Dennis Bonnen New Speaker On Celebratory Opening Day

By Cassandra Pollock, Edgar Walters, and Alex Samuels A gray fog descended on Austin Tuesday morning, but the scene inside the Texas Capitol was one of colorful festivities to mark the first day of the 86th biennial legislative session. And … Continue reading

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