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Lege Lines: Dubious Tax Cuts, Senate Shenan­igans, Twitter Trysts, and More
Business lobby doubts tax cuts, and more from the Capitol
"...The Tax and Spend Business Lobby..."

March 13, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Budget: Heavy on Tax Cuts, Light on Services
Fallout from the 84th Texas legislative session
"...to that mantra, and handed out $3.8 billion in tax cuts, rather than re-invest a smoke-and-mirrors surplus...."

June 5, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: Brewing Up Beer Bills, Biz Lobby Smacks Tax Cuts, and More
The Lege brews up beer bills, the biz lobby slams Patrick's tax cuts, and more
"...Texas Senate demanding they prioritize infrastructure investments rather than tax cuts. They repeat the concerns of their first letter..."

March 27, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Abbott Touts Less Spending and More Tax Cuts
The governor releases his draft budget
"...Moreover, Abbott doubled down on the philosophy of increased tax breaks by proposing another $250 million reduction in the..."

Feb. 3, 2017 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Lege Lines: School Finance Math; Tax Plans Diverge; Veteran Benefits Restricted; and More
Is school finance dead this session?; House and Senate tax plans split; Lege restricts veterans' benefits; and more
"...legislative minds focused just on education, to get anywhere. Tax Cuts Fall in a Hole..."

May 15, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

The Franchise Tax Conundrum
How a tax fix is not a tax raise
"...How will Republicans raise taxes without raising taxes? That may sound like a riddle,..."

Jan. 27, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

Property Tax Fireworks Flare
Proposals would actually tax Texans more, but with little extra for schools
"...was scheduled to open debate on a controversial property tax cut bill, House Democrats offered a preview of the..."

July 8, 2005 News Column by Kimberly Reeves

Happy to Return Tax Refund
"...to evacuees. Suggestions have ranged from a "New Orleans" tax to budget cuts at the federal level. The bottom..."

Sept. 27, 2005 Postmarks

State Cuts Hitting the Bone
The tolls of a take-no-prisoners budget year
"...as the state's own analysis shows that the proposed cuts and layoffs could send Texas' unemployment rate climbing to..."

April 1, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Diminishing Returns: Budget Cuts Under Future Consideration
"...has proposed paying for this by raising the property tax rate in proportion to the foregone revenue. However, Council..."

June 12, 2015 News Feature by Michael King

AISD Takes a Tax Bite to Voters
School board hammers out a budget
"...couple of years of nominal budget surpluses and property tax rate cuts, Austin ISD's board of trustees agreed on..."

Aug. 29, 2008 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

AISD Weighs Tax Increase
District considers joining already crowded election ballot
"...the Austin Independent School District asked voters for a tax increase – four years of statewide cuts and local..."

June 29, 2012 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

City Budget: More Cuts and Hikes on the Way
Austin Energy, Austin Water both proposing fee increases
"...Once again, Travis County tax rolls have saved the city of Austin's budget, helping..."

July 29, 2011 News Feature by Wells Dunbar

Bonds: 'Death By a Thousand Cuts'
Even with Propositions 1 and 3 passing, AISD's election campaign appeared doomed from the start
"...it the bonds themselves? Or was it the larger anti-tax sentiment pushed by the right? As Board President Vince..."

May 17, 2013 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Frankenstein's Flat Tax
Part Forbes, part Bush, Perry cobbles together financial policy
"...Greenville, South Carolina, Perry unveiled his plan for a tax return so simple that it can fit on a..."

Oct. 26, 2011 News Post by Richard Whittaker

The Re-education of Historic Tax Breaks
AISD looks for reforms to next year's historic property program
"...is a historic property? When it comes to providing tax breaks for old buildings, the city of Austin and..."

Sept. 9, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Bowing to Business Wheels, AISD Cans Tax Hike
Board passes new budget but drops ballot proposal
"...the business community against a proposal to raise the tax rate, which the board scrapped...."

Aug. 27, 2010 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

City Lists $20 Million in Budget Cuts
A million here, a million there – pretty soon, you're talking about real money
"...the city's financial department unveiled $20 million in proposed cuts today...."

Feb. 11, 2009 News Post by Wells Dunbar

School Tax Hike Likely for November Ballot
AISD Board of Trustees mulls a much-overdue teacher pay raise
"...the administration that after several budget cycles of severe cuts – including pay freezes and layoffs for teachers and..."

Jan. 13, 2012 News Feature by Nick Barbaro

AISD: Tax Relief vs. Teacher Relief
AISD board hears testimony on historic property tax exemptions
"...the real budget concern for Austinites is historic property tax exemptions...."

April 29, 2011 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

No Fair Share? Property Tax Report Provokes a County Review.
Property tax study says commercial property owners are draining homeowners' bank accounts
"...of homeowners shouldering the greater share of the local property-tax load while commercial landowners are paying significantly less than..."

July 17, 2009 News Feature by Amy Smith

Tax Revolt Time
"...Dear Editor, Central Taxus, if you're not mad as hell about your property..."

June 10, 2009 Postmarks

Short Cuts
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.
"...Waterloo Records (Sixth St. and Lamar). The price includes tax and charge; there's a $2 fee for check or..."

Feb. 25, 2000 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

Lege Lines: Guns, Islamophobia, & Budget Cuts
The Lege takes on guns, Islamophobia, and sets the draft budget
"...system, AISD contributes a big slice of its property taxes to state coffers, because it is classified as "property-rich."..."

Feb. 6, 2015 News Feature by Richard Whittaker

Short Cuts
Call for SXSW entries
"...went abroad, with the majority snared by Canada's" aggressive tax incentives. That's not news to folks in the Austin..."

Sept. 14, 2001 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

Short Cuts
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.
"...fantasies. Those with spare change left over from their tax returns will also want to break the bank on..."

May 5, 2000 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

Short Cuts
Upcoming events and workshops of interest to the Austin film community.
"...Humbugs will be pleased to note that donations are tax deductible. The particulars are available by calling 236-8877 or..."

Dec. 17, 1999 Screens Column by Marc Savlov

Short Cuts
"...includes newly revised info on child labor laws, sales tax exemptions, and other state laws affecting filmmakers; weather charts;..."

April 23, 1999 Screens Column by Marjorie Baumgarten

Short Cuts
"...are already on sale at Waterloo Records ($45 including tax). The festival runs for nine days -- March 12..."

March 5, 1999 Screens Column by Marjorie Baumgarten

Short Cuts
"...Film Fest passes are now available for $45 (including tax and service charge) at Waterloo Records. Beginning Friday, passes..."

March 13, 1998 Screens Column by Marjorie Baumgarten

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