As the 2017 legislative session crafts the next state budget under tight budgetary constraints, policymakers should remain aware of lingering long-term obligations that could damage the state’s credit rating and limit the amount of revenue available for general spending.
Health care isn’t just a common human need, it’s one of the largest items in the Texas state budget. It presents a significant continuing challenge to lawmakers.
The numbers are an exporter’s dream: 11 million consumers in a new, untapped market. So what’s the catch?
Texas communities depend on the property taxes generated by retail businesses. But should open, operating stores be taxed in the same way as closed ones?
Texas has become a hub for international trade. And all this trade moves through one or more of Texas’ 29 official “ports of entry” — seaports, airports, border crossings and multi-modal facilities that offer train, air and roadway links to the state and nation.
Certificates of obligation (COs) provide local governments with flexibility when projects must be financed quickly. But the way COs circumvent voter approval has made them controversial, leading to 2015 legislation restricting their use.
Texas law requires the Legislature to do the math when considering new laws by providing for a “fiscal note” that accompanies each bill.
In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 855, which requires state agencies to publish a list of the three most commonly used Web browsers on their websites. The Texas Comptroller’s most commonly used Web browsers are Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari.