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Feb. 19, 2013
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Come to Rally Day tomorrow
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Rally DayPlease make plans to join us in Austin on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013. Rally Day will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m. on the South Steps of the Capitol.

We need YOU to personally deliver the message to your legislators that housing is important to Texas. Working together, we can create a powerful advocacy force for home building in our state.

Contact your local HBA for details on transportation and registration. For more information and to link to the agenda, click here.




Supreme Court likely to delay Texas redistricting case
Fort Worth Star-Telegram    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on whether to hear Texas' appeal in a redistricting case is likely to be delayed until the justices rule on a different voting-rights case, lawyers involved in the Texas battle said recently. Supreme Court justices have held a series of screening conferences to select the cases to be argued during the Spring term. More
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Texas Republicans won't budge on school spending after ruling
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A state formula for distributing money — approved seven years ago, after the Texas Supreme Court found the previous formula to be unconstitutional — was designed partly to promote equality between rich and poor districts with big gaps in property tax collections. A state judge ruled this month that the funding system is inequitable and doesn't meet students' needs. The ruling has set up a battle between Democratic state lawmakers seeking more money for schools and Republicans who control the legislature and refuse to consider changes until the ruling is appealed. More

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As water plan moves toward reality, who benefits?
Austin American-Statesman    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
With the effects of drought in mind, legislative efforts to kick-start water infrastructure projects outlined as needed in a state water plan — reservoirs, pipelines and the like — have taken on the weight of important civic work. In the legislative imagination, it is Texas' version of the creation of Dutch dikes. "There's definitely a rah-rah feel for the state to do something," said Mary Kelly, who is head of the Austin environmental consultancy Parula and who has long worked on water issues. More

Road warriors want better PR
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"Water" and "roads" were the big buzzwords leading up to this legislative session. State leaders from Gov. Rick Perry on down went on record touting the importance of finding funding for water infrastructure and highway projects. One month in to the session, water is right on track. There is widespread agreement on tapping the Rainy Day Fund to create a revolving fund to implement the state's water plan. More

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Mortgage bill faces tough road in Congress
The Associated Press via Salon    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A sharply divided Congress isn’t likely to jump at President Barack Obama's challenge for quick passage of a mortgage refinancing bill that supporters say could help millions of homeowners save big each year and boost the economy. Obama praised the legislation in his State of the Union speech, saying the proposal would help more homeowners with mortgages backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac take advantage of low interest rates and refinance their loans. Among the bill's supporters are the Mortgage Bankers Association, the National Association of Realtors and the National Association of Home Builders. More

$2 billion state water plan moving forward
Amarillo Globe-News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A proposal to withdraw $2 billion from the state's rainy day fund to begin investing in long term water needs is moving fast in the 83rd Texas Legislature, a sharp contrast to previous sessions when water funding issues didn't go anywhere. Rep. Allan Ritter, R-Nederland, author of the legislation and chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, said his panel will hold the required public hearing, and he feels good about the chances of his House Bills 4 and 11 passing. More



TAB member rebate program
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No one likes to leave money on the table. So, what would you think if you could get a rebate for your loyalty to many of the nation's leading housing industry product suppliers? Well, now you can! The Texas Association of Builders is happy to introduce the TAB Member Rebate Program, aimed at increasing your bottom line. More

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Local homebuilders group picks new executive officer
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The local homebuilders' association has a new top officer. The Dallas Builders Association said that it has selected Phil Crone as its new executive officer. Crone has worked with the 1,000-member Dallas builders group since 2006. Most recently he has headed the association's government affairs and political action efforts. (Registration may be required to view full article.) More

TxDOT director Phil Wilson offers support for 'infrastructure fund' to boost state highway construction
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Texas Department of Transportation officials once again sounded the siren recently on funding woes, reiterating at the legislative session's first transportation committee meetings that the agency needs a $4 billion annual infusion. (Registration may be required to view full article.) More

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Sign up for the CDBG grant to rebuild or repair your home
The Bastrop Advertiser    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Apply for the Community Development Block Grant to rebuild or repair your home. Time is of the essence for those eligible, as the deadline to apply is Feb. 22. "The State of Texas received over $31 million in CDBG funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Affairs as disaster recovery assistance for wildfires that occurred between Aug. 30 and Dec. 31 of 2011," said Katy Sellers, director of public affairs for disaster recovery program at Texas General Land Office. "80 percent of the wildfire assistance is directed to Bastrop County and we anticipate conducting both housing and non-housing activities in that area." More



Worker shortages drive calls for high school curriculum changes
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Even while operating at full bore, Athena Manufacturing in North Austin is quiet and pristine, defying the traditional crash-and-bang stereotype of metal machining and fabrication. It is what much of Austin's manufacturing looks and sounds like today. Advanced machinery producing precision products. A computer monitor at virtually every workstation. And a workforce with an increasingly advanced set of technical skills. The difficulty is finding workers with the skills to make it all go. More

New Texas high school graduation standards face hurdles
The Associated Press via The Houston Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Most Texans seem to agree that the new high school graduation standards need to change, but there is little agreement on how to do it. Options for new graduation standards range from five to 15 end-of-course exams, the scores of which may or may not count toward a student's grade point average. There is also a debate over whether high school kids should be able to choose to focus on college preparation or for vocational education when selecting classes. More

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Gov. Perry appoints 3 to Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents
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Gov. Rick Perry has appointed three members to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents for terms to expire Jan. 31, 2019. David Alders of Nacogdoches is president of Carrizo Creek Corporation, and manager of Caddo Farms LLC and Dagwood Timber LP. John R. "Bob" Garrett of Tyler is president and CEO of the Fair Oil Co. of Texas and Fair Management Co. Barry Nelson of Dallas is president of Interra Partners LLC. More
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