Joe Straus

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State’s New Budget Gives Slight Increase For Public Education

Republican legislative leaders in Texas are calling for modest increases in spending for public schools and the overall budget for 2014-15.


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State House Will Take 6-Day MLK Break

The Texas House will adjourn next week and remain out of session for six days in observance of Marin Luther King Jr. Day and the U.S. presidential inauguration.


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Texas GOP Leaders Outline Priorities

Republican leaders in Texas are back to work at the Capitol with an agenda that includes tax relief, abortion restrictions and spending restraint.


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Simpson Running For Texas House Speaker

State Rep. David Simpson said that he’s running for Texas House speaker while another conservative favorite, state Rep. Bryan Hughes, is abandoning his bid for the post.


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Water Percolates Up Texas Legislature’s Agenda

After years of chatter, water appears to have finally percolated to the top of the Texas Legislature’s agenda.


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Tough Session Ahead For State Legislature

Texas voters chose more of the same in the Texas Legislature next year. They maintained the partisan balance in the Senate and added only a handful of Democrats to the House.


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State Budget Leaders To Get Financial Update

The Texas Comptroller’s office is giving budget leaders a rundown of the state’s financial picture, just months before what will likely be another lean legislative session.


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Straus Calls For Truth In State Budgeting

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has called for an end to an accounting practice that masks how taxes and fees are really spent.


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Perry Interested In Another Run For President

During a one-on-one interview in Plano on Wednesday, Governor Rick Perry said that he was leaning toward running for president again in 2016.


A nurse holds the hands of a person suffering from Alzheimer's disease. (credit: Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)

State House Committee Hears How To Care For Elderly

A Texas House committee is scheduled to hear about how the state can improve care for the elderly and keep them in their communities.


These students were among the thousands at the Texas State Capitol on March 12, 2011 to protest budget cuts being made to public schools. (credit: Joel Thomas/KTVT/KTXA)

Texas Education Funding Returning To Spotlight

School districts are now tackling their budgets for next year, and debate over public funding for public schools will likely escalate later this month.


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Priorities For 2013 Legislature Becoming Clear

The Texas Legislature may not return to work for another 11 months, but that hasn’t kept the state’s leadership from signaling what they think will be the big issues next year.