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Preparing for more triple-digit heat, and how tax incentives keep costing taxpayers (June 23, 2022)

On Thursday’s show: Local municipalities are taking action to prepare for more intense heat in the coming days. Then we learn why expiring corporate tax incentives will cost Texas taxpayers billions of dollars. Plus: Using architecture to prevent flooding, and Tiffany Derry of The Great American Recipe.

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On Thursday’s show: The Houston area is set to face triple digit temperatures later this week, and local municipalities are taking action against the heat.

Also this hour: State lawmakers are ending a costly tax break program that has allowed large corporations to avoid paying billions of dollars in school property taxes. We discuss why this expiring tax code will continue to cost taxpayers billions and ponder whether such tax incentives really do help create jobs.

Then we learn how architecture can lead to better flood prevention.

And we chat with Tiffany Derry. She’s a Beaumont native and judge on the PBS series The Great American Recipe. Derry is a two-time James Beard Award Finalist and restauranteur based in Texas.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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