The Texas State Capitol in Austin, TX on Jan. 6, 2022.  Gabriel C. Pérez/KUT

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Texas Legislature passes record $18 billion property tax relief package

Posted on · The House passed Senate Bills 2 and 3, providing property tax relief for homeowners and business properties and franchise tax relief for small business owners. The property tax cut, which must be approved by voters in November, would be the largest in Texas history.

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Texas House and Senate reach deal on $18 billion property tax cut package

Posted on · The agreement, which could pass the Legislature by the end of the week, includes a $100,000 homestead exemption and a pilot project to limit appraisal growth to 20% on non-homesteaded properties worth $5 million or less.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan
Gov. Greg Abbott delivers his State of the State address on February 16, 2023 from Noveon Magnetics, a manufacturer of earth magnets based in San Marcos.

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Abbott calls for expanding school voucher programs, increased border security in State of the State

Posted on · Abbott gave his speech from Noveon Magnetics, a manufacturer of earth magnets based in San Marcos. Traditionally, State of the State addresses are given in the chamber of the Texas House during a joint legislative session.

Grassroots Republicans came to the Texas Capitol on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, to protest the appointment of Democratic committee chairs.

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Under new Texas House rules, Democrats can chair committees, be punished for breaking quorum

Posted on · Appointing Democrats to key leadership roles has made House Speaker Dade Phelan the target of criticism by members of his own party. During Wednesday’s debate on House rules, more than 30 Republican activists sat in the gallery wearing red shirts that said “Ban Democratic Chairs!”

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