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Friday, May 03, 2019
Budget comparisons  Two budget conference committees, groups of appointees from both chambers for a specific bill, have been negotiating budget proposals for the 2020-21 biennium (HB 1) and the current biennium (SB 500). In January, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced the budget would increase by nearly $9 billion and the Economic Stabilization Fund, or rainy day fund, would swell to $15 ...read more
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Friday, April 26, 2019
Senate reveals school finance proposal; top ten anti-city bills; college-readiness bills advance  Senate finally reveals state education plan  Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), chair of the Senate Education Committee, filed the upper chamber’s school finance proposal on the filing deadline in March with numerous blank underscores in place of actual dollar amounts. On Thursday, he laid out ...read more
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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Forty Richardson business and community leaders went to Austin March 5 – 6 for Richardson and Tech Titans Legislative Days to visit our state elected officials. On Tuesday, meetings were held at the new Texas Association of Business (TAB) office. Speakers included Lisa Craven, deputy comptroller from the Texas Comptroller’s office; Dale Craymer, president of the Texas Taxpayers & Research ...read more
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
All eyes are on Congress at the start of 2019. The Richardson area has welcomed back area incumbents, and said hello to a few new ones. One particular North Texas freshman has drawn the attention of GQ magazine to document his transition. Colin Allred is one of those people whose résumé prompts parents everywhere to remind their children—no matter their children's actual ages—that they really ...read more
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
School funding and property taxes top the list of priorities for ‘19 Texas Legislature. The 86th Legislature is off to an exciting start. More than 1,000 bills have been filed since November of last year. Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick and the newly-elected Speaker Dennis Bonnen committed to collaborate on key issues during the upcoming session. Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced an ...read more
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Thursday, December 13, 2018
The Richardson Chamber's Public Policy Committee develops the Chamber’s legislative agenda for each legislative session. Watch  Committee Chair Debbi Richards, Richland College, talk through the chamber's priorities in a short video here.For 2019, the committee has set goals for multiple areas: Economic developmentWorkforce developmentHigher educationPublic educationTransportationLocal ...read more
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