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ROUND 3: The Third Special Session Has Begun

The third special session of the year has officially started, with the Texas House and Texas Senate both convening this afternoon.  Tensions between the two chambers and members of leadership are high after a strained regular session, two special sessions,…

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Pushing Back Against Compromise School Choice Efforts

The Texas Legislature is widely expected to convene in yet another special legislative session in the coming weeks. This time they will reportedly focus on education freedom and parental choice or school choice and salary increases for government school teachers….

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Dan Patrick Demands Audit on Failed House Impeachment Attempt

After this exciting weekend, there is no doubt that you have heard that the Texas House Board of Managers’ attempt to impeach Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has failed. On Saturday Paxton was acquitted on all charges and able to…

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Legislators Celebrate Second-Largest Property Tax Relief Package in Texas History

In an official commemoration surrounded by Texas legislators, Governor Abbott ceremoniously signed and celebrated the second-largest property tax relief package in Texas history. Taking place in New Caney, Texas, and livestreamed online, Governor Abbott on Wednesday ceremoniously signed the new…

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Legislature Reaches Property Tax Deal

The House and Senate finally reached a property tax relief deal, but is it everything that they claim it to be? On Monday, leadership in the Texas Legislature finally reached a deal ending the months-long property tax relief stalemate that…

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Round 2: Abbott Calls Second Special Session

In the third attempt this legislative cycle, Phelan and Patrick continue the battle over property tax relief and Abbott introduces a new(ish) topic to the debate. The clash between the east and west chambers of the Texas Capitol has officially…

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A Cap on Property Tax Bill Increases?

Just three days after House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) formed a new Select Study Committee on Sustainable Property Tax Relief in the Texas House, Chairman Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) sent a letter to the committee’s chairman, Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas), proposing a…

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Texas Senate Doubles Down, House Forms New Study Committee

After Governor Abbott used the threat of his veto power to try and force the House and Senate to come to an agreement on property tax relief over the weekend (to no avail, despite having vetoed 76 bills), the battle…

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Property Tax Relief: Where Does It Stand?

The first-called special session has officially crossed the two-week mark, and with that, not much has changed regarding actual progress to bring down the skyrocketing tax bills of Texans. Among the various bills, property tax relief plans, political rhetoric, posturing,…

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Corporate Welfare Revival Scheme Has the Votes in the Texas House

At the end of last week, several Texas House lawmakers signed on in support of the corporate welfare revival effort prioritized by Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), increasing the total amount of public supporters to a threshold that’s enough…

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Texas Senate Unanimously Passes Property Tax Relief Proposals – What It Means for Homeowners

On Wednesday, the Texas Senate unanimously passed all three property tax relief proposals prioritized by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. Property Tax Relief ‘Package’ Of the three pieces of legislation considered as a part of the prioritized property tax relief…


Lawmakers Seek to Steal From Taxpayers for More Corporate Welfare

It’s no secret that leadership in the Texas Legislature has been heavily focusing on property tax relief packages in recent weeks. The Texas House and Senate have both filed their proposals, and both seek to provide minimal relief for homeowners….

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Episode 6: Priorities Begin to Become More Clear

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Patrick Announces Legislative Priorities

On Monday, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick announced his legislative priorities for the ongoing 88th Legislative Session. Generally speaking, low bill numbers are reserved by leadership in both legislative chambers to reflect their prioritized legislation. As such, Patrick has indicated…

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Polling Shows Support for School Choice Among Texans

On Monday, the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs released a report that seems to show a majority support for the policy of school choice. In the wake of government school reaction to the pandemic and in many…