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Friday, May 31st, 2013

Audio: Water plan goes to Texas voters

Spending money to increase water capacity in Texas took a few bills this session, including one that generated a constitutional proposition and much legislative debate.

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Updated: Perry’s pen holds only chance to revive ‘critical’ campus construction

Officials at Texas State, and at universities across the state, are hoping a flick of Gov. Rick Perry’s pen will resurrect a package of campus construction bonds that died late Sunday night during the final, chaotic hours...

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Perry names Texas State undergrad as student regent

Gov. Rick Perry this week appointed Matthew Russell, a Texas State public administration senior, as the Texas State University System student regent. His one-year term begins June 1.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

House gives early OK to franchise tax breaks

House Bill 500, which would spend an estimated $667 million over the next biennium to reduce the burden of the state’s franchise tax on businesses, still faces an uphill climb in the Senate, where lawmakers have raised...

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Brad Rollins’ Blog: More MUDs in Hays County (interactive)

The La Salle MUD in northern San Marcos, would build out at 7,000 homes over the next decade, according to its developers’ projections.

Sunday, May 5th, 2013

For fire departments, more to state budgets than numbers

This isn’t about the town of West, but the devastating fire and explosion there underscore something you might not have known: the vast majority of fire departments in Texas are staffed by volunteers.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Updated: Amended payday lending bill passes Senate

The Texas Senate approved a bill to regulate short-term lenders on Monday night, a milestone some thought the chamber wouldn't reach after a personal and divisive floor fight on Thursday.

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Isaac: In ranch dispute, I won’t flinch on basic rights

State Rep. JASON ISAAC writes, “The conservation and protection of natural resources in the area are important to me, and I believe that this MUD will help to ensure that the land is managed responsibly with an...

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Commentary: It’s power versus the people in fight for O’Quinn Ranch

Wimberley resident LOUIS B. PARKS writes, “Big money and political influence from south Texas have rolled into the Wimberley area and may try to take our precious water resources, at taxpayer expense.”

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Legislators pencil in $83 million for Texas State science, engineering building

Key legislators said funding campus construction projects would be a priority this session.

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