Annual Texas sales tax holiday is just around the corner

Tuesday, Jul. 22, 2014

Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers they can save money on certain items priced under $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 8 -10.

Ex-Im Bank good for all

Tuesday, Jul. 15, 2014

Sometimes, the inability to get things done in Washington almost defies belief. In many instances, hard choices have to be made, with intense disagreement about how to allocate scarce resources. Other times, deeply seated philosophical differences about the appropriate role of government make compromise difficult. With regard to the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States, however, what should be a simple and obviously desirable extension of the charter for an 80-year-old agency has become a ridiculous (with all due respect) debate.

We could learn a lot more than sport from U.S. team

| |Tuesday, Jul. 08, 2014

There have been plenty of reasons to wear red, white and blue lately.

Texas oil production stronger than ever

Tuesday, Jul. 01, 2014

Texas oil production has staged a remarkable comeback over the past few years, and the size and speed of the upswing are impressive and surprising to many people (including me). I get asked a lot of questions about the oil business as I travel around the state; it’s a topic near and dear to many hearts. Here are some of the aspects of the current oil surge which I find most interesting.

Fixing student loans may be a challenge

Tuesday, Jun. 17, 2014

Student loans are once again in the news, with the Obama Administration proposing to add some five million individuals with outstanding loan balances to the Pay as You Earn (PAYE) plan. The plan caps student loan payments at 10 percent of income, and loan balances disappear after 20 years (10 years for persons working in the public sector). Most students now taking out loans can already access PAYE, but many of those with older loans have not been eligible. In addition, many students with loans are unaware of the PAYE option. The new proposal would enhance both the availability of the program and efforts to make students aware of its existence.

Tax recovery anemic for some states, others booming

Tuesday, May. 27, 2014

Although the economy is finally almost back to where it stood before the recent recession by some measures, other indicators remain depressingly off. Job gains have been spotty, both in terms of industry and geography. Some states are still struggling to deal with high unemployment and a lack of opportunities. In addition, long-term unemployment is a problem, with many job seekers giving up. Fallout from the recession also continues for state and local governments, which experienced notable declines in tax receipts when the economy went into recession.

Letters to the Editor

Tuesday, May. 20, 2014

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National Day of Prayer Thursday, a call for revival

Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

Thursday is the National Day of Prayer.

Granger discusses F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, V-22 Osprey with Japanese Prime Minister

Monday, Apr. 28, 2014

Congresswoman Kay Granger, R-Texas, the Chairwoman of the State Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and Vice Chairman of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, is traveling through the Asia-Pacific as part of a bipartisan Congressional delegation visiting the region this week. Last Monday, Granger met personally with high-level Japanese government officials in Tokyo, including Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera. During the meetings, Granger discussed the importance of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and the V-22 Osprey aircraft, both of which are built in Tarrant County and North Texas.

Granger announces bill ‘surpasses expectations’

Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

Legislation gains majority support of the House in only four months.