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  1. Tax relief plan on November ballotRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday May 29 | Chron

    Texas lawmakers put school property tax relief on the November ballot and approved a $209.4 billion budget Friday to pay for that break and other state priorities for the next two years. Their work tied a bow on the $3.8 billion tax-relief package that was a priority for Gov. Greg Abbott and sent winging to his desk the spending plan, which includes many of his priorities and is subject to his line-item veto pen.

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  2. House gives up on plan to limit tuition benefits for children of veteransRead the original story w/Photo

    Sunday May 24 | Houston Chronicle

    Amid fierce opposition from a bipartisan group of lawmakers, Republicans in the Texas State House acknowledged defeat Sunday on an effort to rein in the rising costs of a program that provides free tuition to veterans and their children. State Rep. John Zerwas , who sponsored the bill, said Sunday evening he had agreed to give up on limiting the Hazlewood program for now and instead move forward with a scaled-back bill to address issues raised by a recent legal decision and study the possibility of future cuts.

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  3. Leading lawmaker says Dan Patrick 'holds all the cards' in tax-cut debateRead the original story

    Wednesday May 13 | Houston Chronicle

    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick "holds all the cards" in the tax-cut debate, House Ways and Means Committee Chair Dennis Bonnen said Wednesday, casting himself as having been "man enough" to make the first offer at compromise. Leading senators have been firm in supporting their plan to offer a break to homeowners from the school property tax, an idea championed by Patrick, who campaigned on property tax relief.

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  4. Nelson: Senate sticking by its property-tax cut planRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 27, 2015 | Chron

    The Senate plans to stick by its plan to cut property taxes rather than switching to sales-tax cuts pushed by the Texas House, the Senate's chief budget-writer said Monday. In the first Senate response to a public letter issued Saturday by 90 of 98 House Republicans, touting the lower chamber's sales-tax cutting plan as the better of the two, Senate Finance Committee Chairwoman Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, said the Senate has not changed its mind on property tax cuts.

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  5. Senate public committee meetings still, well, not reallyRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 27, 2015 | Chron

    The Texas Senate, which got spanked a month ago for restricting public access to meetings in the chamber, tried again Monday with a new rule. When the Senate adjourned for the day, several committees announced that they would immediately hold meetings in the chamber to vote out bills.

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  6. Texas Senate OK's health agency consolidation, support center shutdownRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 15, 2015 | Chron

    The Senate approved a plan Wednesday to consolidate the administration of many services for disabled Texans while delaying a proposed merger of other parts of the state Health and Human Services Commission. The unanimous vote greenlit the last major piece of a massive revamp of the commission that has been in the works for two years.

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  7. Lone Star lawmakers to again consider drug testing welfare recipientsRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 12, 2015 | Chron

    Texas state lawmakers on Monday will consider requiring drug testing for some welfare recipients, a controversial Republican Party priority that narrowly did not get passed in the last legislative session. The state House Human Services has scheduled an afternoon hearing on House Bill 352 , from GOP Rep. Ken King of Canadian, which would require Texans applying for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to undergo a test if a questionnaire indicates they might have used drugs.

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  8. Tax relief seems likely, but form is still emergingRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 12, 2015 | Chron

    The good news - or the bad, depending on your point of view - is that lawmakers will almost certainly cut taxes this year. But whether legislative leaders will be able to agree on anything besides a whopping break for business is less clear.

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  9. House leader to unveil $3B school finance planRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 6, 2015 | Chron

    Chair of the House Public Education Committee, Jimmie Don Aycock, speaks about House Bill 5 at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. MAGS OUT; NO SALES; INTERNET AND TV MUST CREDIT PHOTOGRAPHER AND STATESMAN.COM AUSTIN -- The House education chairman on Tuesday will unveil details of the $3 billion plan he and other House leaders hope will move Texas toward fixing its embattled school finance system.

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  10. House proposal would hand Texas businesses $2.4 billion tax breakRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 3, 2015 | Chron

    Texas businesses would get a tax break of about $2.4 billion, including a 25-percent across-the-board rate cut, under a top state House leader's proposal that differs sharply from the Senate's tax-relief plan. The business-tax cut would be in addition to a sales tax reduction in a package that would total $4.8 billion to $4.9 billion, said House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dennis Bonnen , R-Angleton, in an interview Friday.

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  11. Texas Senate OKs changes to state contracting laws after scandalRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2015 | Chron

    The Texas Senate on Tuesday approved a series of changes to state contracting laws, giving its unanimous support to a package intended to help move on from months of scandal about favoritism and irregularities in outsourcing. "Hopefully this will restore some of the confidence that we have lost of our citizens," said state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, during a brief floor debate before the vote.

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  12. Senators debate school vouchers billsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 26, 2015 | Chron

    Texas Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, center, who has filed SB2 the senate's version of the appropriations bill, is joined by Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, right, and Senator Paul Bettencourt at a press conference at the Capitol in Austin, Texas, as she filed three pieces of legislation to provide tax relief for Texas families and businesses.

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  13. Texas Senate to debate $4.6B in tax cutsRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 25, 2015 | Chron

    The Texas Senate is set to debate a tax-cut package topping $4.6 billion Wednesday that would slash the business levy and trim school property bills for homeowners by an average of more than $200. The measures by Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, have the backing of Lt.

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  14. Saving tomorrowRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 18, 2015 | Houston Chronicle

    About 158,000 families took advantage of the Texas Tomorrow Fund before the Legislature halted the program in 2003 when it decided to allow state universities to set their own annual tutions. Even as Texas parents prepare for a new child, many worry about how they will pay for the rising cost of college tuition.

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  15. Lawmakers take up contracting reform, nix one proposed regulationRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 11, 2015 | Chron

    Texas lawmakers took up reforms to state contracting policies for the first time Wednesday in a hearing that showed deep desire for action, but ended with the removal of one of the most dramatic proposals. State Sen. Jane Nelson, the Flower Mound Republican who chairs the budget committee and sponsored the reform legislation, said it would be counterproductive to include a provision that would have restricted a popular state purchasing program to accepting only 35 percent of contractors that apply for its pre-approved vendor list.

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  16. House lawmakers move to shore up state retirement fundRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 10, 2015 | Chron

    House lawmakers on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that would shore up the state employee retirement fund, a move they said would fulfill promises to state workers and improve Texas' position in the eyes of credit agencies. "Of course, one of our most important responsibilities as stewards of taxpayer dollars is to see that we meet our obligations and fulfill the promises we have made," House Committee on Pensions Chair Dan Flynn, R-Van, said during a Tuesday press conference.

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  17. Bill would dramatically curtail state purchasing programRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 9, 2015 | Chron

    The Texas Senate 's top budget writer on Monday proposed sharply limiting the use of the popular and controversial Cooperative Contracts purchasing program, signaling that a promised tightening of restrictions for outsourcing by state agencies may be even more dramatic than expected. State Sen. Jane Nelson , R-Flower Mound, said she had introduced a bill that would prohibit agencies from using the program and a similar program run by the state Comptroller's Office to buy services or hire contractors, or for any projects worth more than $1 million, in addition to new regulations.

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  18. Business leaders: Senate tax-cut plan falls shortRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 6, 2015 | Chron

    The Texas Senate's tax relief plan "falls short" when it comes to incentives to continue growing the state's economy, top business leaders who represent 46 percent of business taxpayers in Texas are complaining to the upper chamber. In a March 3 letter to Lt.

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  19. Senators suggest repeal of state business taxRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 3, 2015 | Chron

    Republican and Democratic senators slammed the much-maligned state business tax Tuesday, saying it has underperformed, hurts job creators and, perhaps, should be repealed. The catch: Killing it would cost about $9 billion over the next two-year budget period, as Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson pointed out while expressing her dislike for the law.

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  20. Senate ups its own call for tax relief with bills that would cut $4.6BRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 24, 2015 | Houston Chronicle

    Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and leading senators on Tuesday raised the ante once again on tax relief, proposing $4.6 billion in reductions to property and business levies. Their news conference came a day after House leaders said they could cut taxes by more than $4 billion, the initial amount proposed by Patrick and Senate leaders.

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