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How commissioners’ boycott of a tax vote will affect the county’s budget (Oct. 26, 2022)

On Wednesday’s show: Despite rising costs, Harris County is now forced to keep tax rates flat for the coming fiscal year because two commissioners boycotted votes on the matter. How will that affect the county’s budget? Then we discuss that and other developments in politics in our weekly roundup.


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On Wednesday’s show: Despite rising costs, Harris County is now forced to keep tax rates flat for the coming fiscal year. That’s because Commissioners Jack Cagle and Tom Ramsey boycotted the final opportunity to vote on the tax rate. How will this affect the county’s budget? We talk it over with News 88.7’s Andrew Schneider.

Also this hour: We discuss the latest developments in politics in our weekly roundup.

Then, we talk with Kiese Laymon. The Rice University English professor and acclaimed author has been awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, the prestigious honor popularly known as the "genius grant."

Plus, civic boosters are ready for the economic benefits of the Astros playing in another World Series.

Also, a new political action committee has helped reshape some of the largest school districts in the state and now is targeting the State Board of Education.

And we learn how a local man’s time as a fertility pharmacist inspired him to make a film, called Conception, about a couple’s struggle to get pregnant.

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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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