Harris County

Emmett Hints at Future Fights over Rainy Day Fund, Property Taxes in State of County Address

Posted on · Harris County Judge Ed Emmett laid out what he believes the region needs from the next Texas Legislature in order to continue rebuilding after Harvey. Those goals put him on a collision course with Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick.

Politics

Vote On Federal Disaster Aid Could Up Pressure On Abbott To Tap Rainy Day Fund

Posted on · Governor Greg Abbott will come to Houston later this month to meet with Mayor Sylvester Turner and City Council members to discuss Harvey relief. Turner and his colleagues plan to make the point that Abbott’s reluctance to use the fund has made it harder to get Congress to pay for flood control projects

Podcast

Party Politics, Texas Edition Ep. 42: The Complications Of School Finance In Texas

Posted on · "The weight system is basically like a member's only jacket or parachute pants, we don't use them anymore!" - Jay Aiyer, co-host of Party Politics, on how he thinks Texas' funding of schools is antiquated.

Houston Matters

Is the State’s ‘Rainy Day Fund’ Living Up to Its Original Purpose?

Posted on · The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association recently released a report exploring the creation and original purpose of the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the “rainy day fund.” The report includes the history of the fund and analysis of how it has been used in the budget process over the past 30 years. We […]

Full Show

Rainy Day Fund, and Texas Wildfires: Monday’s Show (March 27, 2017)

Posted on · The Texas Taxpayers and Research Association recently released a report exploring the creation and original purpose of the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund, better known as the “rainy day fund.” The report includes the history of the fund and analysis of how it has been used in the budget process over the past 30 years. On […]

Houston Matters

Should Texas Create a Rainy Day Fund for Road Repairs?

Posted on · Much of the focus of next month’s election has been, naturally, on candidates for major offices in Houston and across Texas, including a local race for District Attorney, and statewide elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. There’s also a proposition to voters on the ballot. HJR 1, if approved, would allocate half of the general revenue currently […]

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Rainy Day Funds for Roads, and Bayou Restoration: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Oct.8, 2014

Posted on · Much of the focus of next month’s election has been, naturally, on candidates for major offices in Houston and across Texas, including a local race for District Attorney, and statewide elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. There’s also a proposition to voters on the ballot. HJR 1, if approved, would allocate half of the general revenue […]