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AUSTIN — Top Texas conservatives are now seemingly one-upping each other by pledging deeper and deeper tax cuts as part of the 2016-2017 budget, with all sides insisting that the state’s economy will stay strong enough to cover the costs of vital services despite the loss in revenue.

In A Bind, Republicans Offer Vote On Homeland Security Bill

Feb 24, 2015
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WASHINGTON  — A partial agency shutdown looming, Senate Republicans offered Tuesday to permit a vote on Homeland Security funding legislation stripped of immigration provisions backed by conservatives but strongly opposed by President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats.

“We could have that vote very quickly,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said as his party struggled to escape a political predicament of their own making involving an agency with major anti-terrorism responsibilities.

Ryan Poppe / TPR News

Transportation was near the top of the list as more than 100 San Antonio civic leaders descended on the Texas Capitol Tuesday to press for measures important to the Alamo City.

As state lawmakers divvy up the budget, San Antonio leaders want them to make easing transportation gridlock a priority. 

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

After serving 24 years in the Texas Legislature, eight in the House and 16 in the Senate, Leticia Van de Putte said goodbye to Austin.

Tuesday was her last day representing San Antonio from Senate District 26.

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

 UPDATE: In an interview with TPR Tuesday night, Mayor Taylor said she's recommending police not fully enforce the new ride-booking ordinance going into effect Sunday. 

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