Some state lawmakers are gearing up to oppose state and local governments offering economic incentives to generate new business or development. Former Arlington mayor and columnist Richard Greene profiles one commercial development that got off the ground through incentives and is now generating more than the original investment for local tax coffers.
Republicans in Texas maybe expecting another election year where they slam dunk their Democratic opponents. But President Trump is a wild card and there's discontent among voters. November could turn out differently in some important races.
The Texas Association of Business has a scorecard that ranks state legislators on whether they are business friendly. Last session, the standing of some Republicans dropped. TAB says those lawmakers voted for measures that would hurt economic development.
While lawmakers in Austin were continuing to debate how best to wrestle control from local residents and those they elected to serve them, cities across the state began their annual budget deliberations.
Police responded shortly after 9am to a report of a robbery with shots fired at Veritex Bank on Merrick Street near Camp Bowie Blvd. Three women were shot during the holdup. Witnesses reported seeing two suspects in hoodies fleeing on foot.