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.
Recent news accounts of the early work of the Arlington Transportation Advisory Committee have brought a renewal of declarations to once again contest any use of public funding to improve the mobility needs of the city’s residents and the growing millions of its visitors.
If the new president instructs his new head of EPA to cease the war on coal and perhaps craft a different approach to dealing with climate change, then most of what has taken place up to now will be rolled back.
Regardless of the differences in how strongly we feel about who won the election and who didn’t, there are things for us to focus on that provide opportunities to develop a thankful spirit in ourselves and others.
An 8-year-old boy lived with a “father figure” in the Next Day Flooring store on Jacksboro Highway in Fort Worth for eight months, according to police. It was not immediately clear why. Police say no charges are expected.