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Full Show: Raising Sales Taxes, And Arkema Indictments (April 11, 2019)

On Thursday’s Houston Matters: The case for raising the state sales tax, criminal charges against Arkema, what Galveston would look like if there was never a 1900 storm, improving walking and biking, and comedian Cheech Marin.



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On Thursday’s Houston Matters: We check in with Texas Tribune reporter Aliyya Swaby, on a legislative proposal to raise the sales tax by one percentage point in order to lower property taxes across the state.

And the Arkema chemical company in Crosby faces a rare criminal prosecution in the wake of a 2017 plant fire at its facility during Hurricane Harvey. We talk with News 88.7's Andrew Schneider about those charges.

Also this hour: In September of 1900, the Great Galveston Hurricane made landfall and devastated the southeast Texas coast. We walk through a hypothetical scenario to find out what would Houston and Galveston look like if the storm had never happened.

Plus, we update you on an effort to improve walking and biking in Houston.

And, with the 32nd annual Houston Art Car Parade this weekend, we revisit our conversation with former parade grand marshal, comedian Cheech Marin.

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