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Lawmakers: Support Prop 1 for better, safer Texas roads
The Dallas Morning News
Most Dallas metro-area folks spend way too much time stuck in traffic and planning schedules around that miserable creep-and-crawl commute. According to a recent study, the typical Dallas metro-area motorist spends at least 45 hours in traffic each year at a cost of $957 in lost time and wasted fuel. The bad news: Traffic congestion in metro Dallas is only getting worse. Texas must invest about $5 billion a year more for highway construction and road maintenance to keep traffic congestion at current levels, according to the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M University.
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Plaintiffs ask Supreme Court to block voter ID
The Texas Tribune
Texas plaintiffs asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the state's voter photo ID law in November's election. "The facts of this case, including record evidence, show that significantly more voter confusion will result from granting the stay (and thus enforcing Texas’s Senate Bill 14) than would result from reinstating the injunction (and thus going forward under the prior law)," they wrote. "Therefore, a proper application of this Court’s precedents calls for vacating the stay."
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Local economist weighs in on Houston's alleged housing bubble
Houston Business Journal
Trulia recently put Houston on a watch list for a possible housing bubble. The San Francisco-based real estate company crunched housing data in 100 U.S. metro regions and ranked the Bayou City as having the eighth most overvalued housing market in the country. Home prices in Houston are running 8 percent higher than its historical average, according to Trulia.
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Enterprise Fund criticism overblown, committee told
The Texas Tribune
Criticism of the Texas Enterprise Fund has been overblown in the wake of a scathing audit, and lawmakers should take care not to respond with restrictions that will hamper its flexibility, a member of Gov. Rick Perry's office told a Texas House committee. It was the committee's first hearing since the release of a state audit of the 11-year-old fund found that the governor's office had doled out more than $200 million in taxpayer funds to firms that either did not submit formal applications, did not promise to directly create a specific number of jobs, or both.
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Texas sees significant decline in rural land
The Texas Tribune
The vast majority of Texas land — 83 percent — is part of a farm, ranch or forest. But Texas is losing such rural land more than any other state, in large part because of the exploding growth of metropolitan areas, according to newly released data. Scientists say that has serious implications for Texas' water supply because such acreage — known as "working lands" or "open space" lands — helps the state retain water resources by letting rain infiltrate the ground and circulate into aquifers.
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Complaints against Texas power companies rising
The Dallas Morning News
Complaints against power companies rose in 2014, following four straight years of decline, according to a report by the ratepayers group Texas Coalition for Affordable Power. The report released Wednesday found in fiscal year 2014 Texas consumers filed more than 7,600 complaints with Texas Public Utility Commission, a 7 percent increase from 2013.
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Comptroller race: Collier accuses Hegar of siding with special interests
The Dallas Morning News
Mike Collier, Democratic nominee in the comptroller race, is again accusing his Republican opponent, Sen. Glenn Hegar, of being beholden to special interests because of a bill that was bottled up in the Senate committee Hegar headed. Hegar's campaign says the accusation is absurd.
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Economist lauds Austin's robust economy, housing market — but warns of difficulties ahead
Austin Business Journal
What's the next big issue confronting Austin's housing market? Possibly the fact that home builders are "maxed out" in what they are able to build, given the growing constraints on land and labor. That's one of the challenging factors ahead, according to Jim Gaines, research economist at The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University.
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Sector Snap: Housing stocks tick higher
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Home builders were one of the few bright spots during a huge stock sell-off Wednesday, with hopes rising that a rush by investors into the bond market would drive mortgage rates lower. The Dow Jones industrial average dropped as much as 460 points and investors fled to the safety of bonds, which are a safe haven for cash during market sell-offs. The Dow closed down 173.45 points, or 1.1 percent, to 16,141.74.
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