August 24, 2015

Energy agency chief rails against federal plan
AUSTIN — Texas Railroad Commission Chair David Porter on Aug. 19 spoke against America’s Clean Power Plan, a regulatory framework rolled out by the White House on Aug. 3. Texas is one of at least a dozen states lining up in opposition.
Porter called the plan “another blatant attack on the oil and gas industry that will further impede America’s energy security, kill... read more

August 17, 2015

University president says Davis statue to be moved
AUSTIN — A bronze statue of Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America, will be moved from the Main Mall of the University of Texas at Austin campus to UT’s Center for American History for interior display, in accordance with a decision made last week by UT President Gregory Fenves.
Fenves said he appointed a task force in June, shortly... read more

August 10, 2015

Fifth Circuit delivers opinion concerning voter ID law

AUSTIN — Even if the Texas Legislature did not intentionally pass a voter identification law that illegally discriminates against voters who are black, Hispanic or poor, the practical effect of the law is discriminatory and in violation of the federal Voting Rights Act.

A 49-page opinion of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals was... read more

August 7, 2015

A Field Guide to the Taxes of Texas

State taxes make up almost half of Texas’ revenue, with major taxes currently generating $50 billion annually. So that taxpayers and legislators can better understand the major taxes, the Comptroller’s office has published ... read more

August 6, 2015

Truth-in-Taxation: Tax Rate Adoption

From Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts http://www.cpa.state.tx.us/taxinfo/proptax/tnt/

Property owners have the right to know about increases in their properties' appraised value and to be notified of the estimated taxes that could result from the new value. Creating a budget and adopting a property tax rate to support that... read more

August 6, 2015

Proposed amendments on the Nov. 3 ballot

From the Texas Legislative Council

Constitutional amendments

The Analyses of Proposed Constitutional Amendments is published before each election that has proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution on the ballot. The publication includes the text of the joint resolution, ballot language, background and analysis... read more

August 3, 2015

Panel hears testimony in wake of jail death
AUSTIN — The Texas House Committee on County Affairs met on July 30 to hear testimony on Sandra Bland and jail standards.
Bland, 28, was pulled over by a state trooper in Hempstead on July 10. Soon after, she was placed in the Waller County Jail and was found dead in her cell on July 13. Investigators ruled the death a suicide. The story, covered by local, state,... read more

August 1, 2015

LYNWOOD ABRAM

Lynwood Abram, a newspaper reporter for most of his 88 years, died June 23, 2015. 

He was born on Oct. 16, 1926, in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, in 1949. He worked for the Houston Chronicle for five decades and was known for beautifully polished and concise stories.

Before joining the Chronicle, he worked for the Austin-American Statesman, the Galveston Daily... read more