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Tea Party Senator Calls for Unilateral Disarmament in Competition for Business

Much of the chatter in the business lobby over the past few days suggests that Facebook executives were not happy at all with Tea Party Sen. Konni Burton’s argument that the state needs to “stop throwing our tax dollars to big business.” In this op-ed, the Republican from Colleyville argued that the City of Fort […]

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Texas House and Senate in a Budget Showdown

Facing criticism from Texas House Republican leadership and despite the concerns of one key GOP senator about certain tax cuts, the Texas Senate this past week passed its version of the state’s two-year spending plan on a vote of 30 to 1. Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, cast the lone “no” vote. The $211 billion budget, […]

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Cheating by Unethical Employers Reaches Crisis Levels While Texas Lawmakers Sit on Their Hands

Over the years, the Construction Citizen team has put a bright spotlight on the myriad problems caused by worker misclassification. Those difficulties continue to mount while Texas lawmakers do very little about it, much to the frustration of ethical companies that cannot compete with cheaters, many single mothers who are denied child support payments, conservative […]

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Speaker Straus Hints at What’s to Come in Texas Legislative Session

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus said this past week that he is “personally” against repealing in-state tuition for undocumented students, he wants to work with Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on border security, and that The Legislature should avoid “gimmicks” when deciding how to pay for critical infrastructure like roads. In a […]

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Texas Education Reforms are Key in Promoting the Middle Skills

Sweeping education reforms passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013 will be a great help to business leaders in Houston as they embark on an unprecedented push to promote “middle skills” jobs. Those are well-paying jobs that, as the Construction Citizen team has been telling you, require more than a high school diploma but less […]

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Texas Voters to Decide on Taking a Step Forward for Road Construction

Note: This story originally appeared on Construction Citizen. Texas is an economic engine unlike any other, but there are things that could put the brakes on our dynamic growth. Congested highways and the unreasonably long commutes that go along with them have the potential to slow commerce in a way that promises to be detrimental […]

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National Guard Deployment Along the Rio Grande is Now Underway

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  BASTROP – The “force multiplier” for the border surge touted by Gov. Perry and other members of the state’s Republican leadership is now becoming a reality as up to 1,000 Texas National Guard troops begin […]

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National Guard Theatrics Jeopardize Billions in Potential Growth Along the Texas Border

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  While Gov. Perry continues his national cable TV tour talking about the influx of migrant children along the border and his decision to deploy as many as 1,000 Texas National Guard Troops to the region, […]

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Immigration Talk Simmers at Central Texas Congressional Town Hall

Note: This story originally appeared on The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of politics and government.  BASTROP – Now that Congress is on recess following an ugly meltdown over immigration and border security last week, lawmakers in Texas and around the country are diving into the time-honored tradition of trying to explain […]

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Job-Luring Funds Go Under the Microscope at the Texas Capitol

Note: This story originally appeared in The Quorum Report. Join us there daily for coverage of Texas politics and government.  The special Texas House committee appointed by Speaker Joe Straus to scrutinize Gov. Perry’s job-luring pots of money – chiefly the Texas Enterprise Fund – got down to work last Wednesday. In its first hearing, […]

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