Governmental Affairs Articles and Information

More Challenges with the Revised Texas Voter ID Law

In Texas’ bid to keep its voter identification law intact, it was its legal foes — lawyers representing voting and civil rights groups and individual voters of color — who faced a tougher line of questioning Tuesday before a federal appellate court. In light of recent...

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Not the Alternative Minimum Tax!

Early Saturday morning Senate Republicans passed a major pro-growth tax reform bill. As U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue said, “The decades-long drive toward meaningful tax reform is closer than ever to becoming a reality.” The Senate’s package would lower...

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Home Businesses and Street Traffic

Keeping tabs on home-operated businesses and finding solutions to traffic problems at key intersections kept Kerrville City Council members busy in their workshop Tuesday. Discussion of a proposed amendment to the zoning code regarding home occupations dominated most...

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Senate GOP: Making Changes

Senate Republicans are rushing to change their tax overhaul just days before a planned floor vote, with GOP leaders trying to appease at least a half-dozen holdouts. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can lose only two votes and still pass the bill by week’s end....

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Senate GOP gets breathing room as tax plan advances

Senate Republicans got some sorely needed momentum behind their tax overhaul Tuesday as key GOP swing votes inched closer to backing the legislation — after Senate leaders launched a frenzied round of negotiations to persuade the holdouts. The Senate Budget Committee...

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Texas Facing Frenzied Agenda for December

In the coming weeks, Congress is set to run out of road after a year of kicking the can. Faced with several issues to address in September, federal legislators instead passed short-term measures through December. As a result, Texas members will be forced to finally...

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Tax Reform’s Growth: A Balm for Deficit Worries

Congress is perfecting a profoundly pro-growth tax reform. To paraphrase a famous car commercial of years past, “This ain’t your father’s tax reform.” It’s much better. Even so, concerns linger over the legislation’s advertised 10-year $1.5 trillion sticker price. We...

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