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Texas Legislature - Business
12:16 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Last Of Perry Business Tax Cuts Goes Through With Key Oversight Provision

Ryan Poppe TPR News

A Democratic senator was able to add a last-minute provision to the last of Gov. Rick Perry’s business tax cut bills calling for more oversight and monitoring of the program. 

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, was able to add his provision to House Bill 500, which provides  Texas small businesses with $600 million in tax cuts.

The attachment bill would have the Texas Comptroller review the businesses receiving a tax cut to be sure such cuts were effective.

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Medicaid Expansion
9:38 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Protesters For Medicaid Expansion Disrupt Gov. Perry At Speaking Event

Gov. Perry speaks at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Ryan Poppe TPR

A group of protesters managed to infiltrate Gov. Rick Perry's speech announcing the latest bill that awards tax cuts for Texas small businesses. 

Moments after the Senate gave the final passage of a bill awarding over $600 million in tax cuts for small businesses, Perry made the announcement at the Austin Chamber of Commerce.

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Texas Legislature - Education
3:59 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

House Democrats Holding Out Over Education Funding On State Budget Bill

The Save Texas Schools rally on March 12, 2011, the year state legislators cut large chunks of funding to education.
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After meeting for hours behind closed doors, House Democratic leaders declined the Republican deal on the state’s budget bill.  

Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston, the vice-chair of the Democratic Caucus, said House Democrats are unified in their stance against the budget in its current form, which promises $3.2 billion for education funding.

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Texas Legislature - Transportation
3:42 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

With Transportation Bill Pulled, Is There Still Hope To Fix Texas Roads?

Eileen Pace TPR

The likelihood of fixing Texas roads seems slim as Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, a leader of transportation in the House, withdrew his bill from the floor.  

The bill would have raised the state’s registration fee $50 to help pay for roads, but that was lowered to a $15 increase as the bill was debated. 

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Texas Legislature
5:05 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Gov. Perry Voices Disapproval Of Larson's "Pay-It-Back" Bill

Rep. Lyle Larson

Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio, who authored House Bill 160, which mandates Gov. Rick Perry pay back the state for travel and security expenses incurred during his presidential campaign, got his chance to talk to Perry about it face to face.  

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West, Texas Fertilizer Explosion
2:33 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Fertilizer Plant Failed To Get Reauthorized

Gov. Perry at press conference this afternoon addressing the explosion in West, Texas.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Gov. Rick Perry said details are coming in about the destruction in West, Texas and there is still an on-going search and rescue effort for missing families near the blast site.

"We know there were 75 residencies that are either going to have minor to substantial damage, up to and including being pushed off their slabs, and you have a school that has a substantial amount of damage," Perry said.

In 2006 the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality was called out to the plant.

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Texas Legislature
9:46 am
Thu April 18, 2013

Following Yelling Match, Texas House Passes Texting Ban

Chris Eudaily TPR

At times house members were shouting over each other as they debated HB 63, a bill that would outlaw the practice of texting while driving. 

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Business/Economy
5:15 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Rick Perry Unveils Business Tax Relief Plan

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The governor’s office release details of a tax relief plan that provides benefits for small and large businesses alike. Before getting into specifics, Gov. Rick Perry took a moment to pause for those affected by the bombings that occurred during the Boston Marathon. 

"I think all of us have friends and/or relatives up in Boston with the race going on so keep them in your prayers as we get the details," Perry said.

Perry listed a four-part plan to to provide over $1 billion in tax money to current businesses and out-of-state companies looking to re-locate.

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Transportation
9:18 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Governor Announces Bond Plan To Solve Transportation Problems

Eileen Pace TPR

During the Texas Lyceum Conference on Transportation Friday, Gov. Rick Perry announced his plan to fix funding issues with transportation costs. 

"On every car or truck sold in the state of Texas, we take in sales tax. The amount we take in on those sales is increasing steadily. I propose we dedicate the future growth in sales tax collected on motor vehicles to transportation infrastructure," Perry said.

The governor said Texas should take advantage of the state’s relatively low debt to fix roads, like those in the Eagle Ford Shale and Burnet Shale areas of the state.

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The Source - April 11, 2013
6:41 am
Thu April 11, 2013

The Source: Medicaid Expansion In Texas

Though some Republicans in the legislature are working on ways to get the federal money, Perry has remained strong in his stance opposing any expansion.
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In the first segment:

Kevin Moriarty from Methodist Healthcare Ministries and John Davidson from the Texas Public Policy Foundation talk about the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion in Texas.

Though Gov. Rick Perry has been staunchly opposed to expanding Medicaid in line with the Affordable Care Act, some Republicans don't want to leave the money on the table.

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