A bi-partisan group of House members has found a way to change the funding formula for school districts this session. Texas Public Radio’s Ryan Poppe reports the effort related to property taxes would fully restore the cuts taken from public education in 2011.
On Election Day, Texans voted to put money generated from the severance tax on oil and gas towards the Texas highway fund. With 80 percent of the vote, proposition 1 was seen as a hugely popular push to fix Texas’ crumbling highway system. But falling gas prices means next year there might not be as much money available.
Yesterday afternoon the Texas Water Development Board released a draft of the rules for how major water projects across the state are going to be funded. Some of those projects include desalination, which is often considered too expensive to try.
Update: Drs. Lamar Robinson and Jasbir Ahluwalia have reached a settlement [PDF] with University General Hospital Dallas. The hospital has restored their admitting privileges, which enables them to keep providing abortions by complying with Texas' new abortion restrictions.
Original Story (April, 17, 2014): Two Texas doctors that offer abortions are challenging a hospital for revoking their admitting privileges.
Police in Texas’ public school system issued 71 percent fewer tickets for bad behavior this past school year. It’s partly because of a state law that took effect last September that attempts decriminalizes on-campus infractions.