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Most people won’t think about income taxes for another couple of months. But low-income families are already counting the days until they can file. 

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Seven propositions to amend the Texas Constitution are on the ballot this election. Proposition 7 would increase funding for roads by about $2.5 billion.

Supreme Court: Texas Reinforced Segregated Housing

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The biggest federal housing subsidy program in Texas — which awarded $9.7 billion in tax credits from 1990 to 2011 — effectively has been reinforcing segregated housing, the U.S. Supreme Court found Thursday.

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Gov. Greg Abbott got most of what he wanted out of his first legislative session as the state's chief executive.  However, not all Republicans share his enthusiasm.

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State lawmakers can go into the final weekend stretch of their legislative session now that they’ve cleared a procedural deadline this week for considering bills.  

Ross Ramsey, executive editor of The Texas Tribune, talks about which bills did and did not make the cut.

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Republicans in the Texas House scrambled to get consideration of their bills by a midnight deadline. That’s as Democrats tried their best to run out the clock.

Sam Baker talked about this with Ross Ramsey, Executive Editor of the Texas Tribune. He explained why, for instance, a bill to prohibit use of state money to issue same-sex marriage licenses failed to make the cut.

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After a marathon 17-hour debate, the Texas House gave tentative approval to its version of a new state budget this morning.

Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey tells KERA’s Sam Baker the $210-billion budget reflects a lot of Gov. Greg Abbott’s priorities.

There’s a new box to check on income taxes for 2014. Showing proof of health insurance for most folks will be easy as checking a box, but for others there are extra forms to fill out. Susan Hoff, with United Way in Dallas, helps sort through new tax time rituals.

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The Democrat challenging Republican John Cornyn for his U.S. Senate seat knows he has an uphill battle against a better funded, established candidate. So why is David Alameel running?

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A report out this year found the number of women-owned businesses has increased at one and a half times the national average between 1997 and 2014. During that time, Texas saw a 98% percent growth in women-owned businesses – the second highest in the nation behind Georgia.

Michael Cox, the current director of SMU’s O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom and a former chief economist for the Dallas Federal Reserve Bank, says some of what fueled growth for women applied to business owners across the board.

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Financial overhaul is a popular New Year’s resolution, right up there with starting a work-out regimen or changing your diet.

When you want to change your spending habits, where do you start? As part of KERA's One Crisis Away series, Courtney Collins talks about making a plan that actually works with a financial education coordinator, Leilani Lim-Villegas with the Texas Department of Banking.

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In Plano ISD, 63 percent of voters agreed Tuesday to a 13-cent increase in their school property tax rate, the maximum allowed by law.

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price says it’s time to close the annual $35 million to $50 million budget gap between revenues and expenses.  Price delivered her second “State of the City” address Tuesday.

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The battle lines are already being drawn over proposed legislation that would help low-income Texas students pay for private schooling. Some opponents to the plan announced Wednesday by Republican leaders in the Texas Senate said it was just another version of vouchers, which previous legislatures have rejected.

For the eighth time, Parkland Hospital’s Trauma Center has passed a critical review by the American College of Surgeons. The recent survey reverified Parkland as a Level One trauma center, the highest classification.

Parkland Hospital says it will not ask for a tax increase next year. That’s in spite of millions of dollars the hospital must spend after failing a series of critical federal inspections.

A legislative advisory board has found that the Texas Ethics Commission punishes minor infractions and unduly stigmatizes politicians for minor mistakes.

The Sunset Advisory Commission reviews state agencies and recommends how to improve them. On Tuesday the Texas lawmakers on the sunset board released their report on the ethics commission.

A Dallas developer wants to turn old Dallas High School, also called Crozier Tech, into downtown apartments. KERA’s BJ Austin says the developer also wants a tax break from the city.

Austin, TX – On this fall's constitutional election ballot is a proposal that supporters claim would make it easier and cheaper for local governments to enter into interlocal agreements. KUT's Andy Uhler reports on what Proposition Five would mean for cooperation between cities, counties and other taxing districts.

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