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Texas Senate passes new property tax relief bill in effort to end political standoff

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www.cbsnews.com – – 2023-06-21 12:20:00

SUMMARY: The Texas Senate has passed a bill that provides a record $18 billion in property tax relief, including increasing homestead exemptions for most homeowners and doubling the business franchise tax exemption. The bill has yet to be approved by the Texas House, where the governor’s favored legislation, which similarly reduces property tax rates and replaces them with state revenues, has already been passed. The governor’s initial plan seeks to gradually eliminate property taxes for public schools, a goal the lieutenant governor said was not realistic.

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Airbnb: Austin, Hill Country most booked ahead of solar eclipse weekend

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www.kxan.com – Julianna Russ – 2024-02-29 20:46:36

SUMMARY: Airbnb has noticed a surge in interest for properties along the path of the upcoming solar eclipse in April. Austin and the Hill Country in Texas are trending destinations for travelers wanting to experience the eclipse. Texas is among the most-booked states, with a 600% increase in searches for the weekend of the eclipse. Over 60% of listings along the eclipse path in Texas are already booked. Airbnb reported a 1000% increase in searches for stays along the eclipse path in the US, with other popular cities including Mazatlán, Indianapolis, Montreal, and more. The eclipse will be the last to cross North America for over 20 years.

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Astros Foundation College Classic 2024: Texas State baseball player Chase Mora brings record-setting play to Minute Maid Park

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abc13.com – Adam Winkler – 2024-02-29 20:15:57

SUMMARY: Texas State University sophomore Chase Mora is excited to play in Houston’s Minute Maid Park for the first time during the Astros Foundation College Classic. Despite being overlooked by major programs due to a high school arm injury, Mora led the Bobcats with 17 home runs in his freshman season, earning him All-America honors. Mora was named National Player of the Week twice last season, with a memorable debut where he hit a home run in each of his first three plate appearances. He was honored in his hometown parade and looks forward to adding playing in the Astros’ home ballpark to his impressive college resume.

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Program successful in reducing Hays County inmate population

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www.kxan.com – Sam Stark – 2024-02-29 19:37:15

SUMMARY: The formation of the Hays County Judicial Services Department has reduced the number of pretrial inmates in the county jail from 83% to 76%. The department works to process recently incarcerated individuals and find alternatives to keeping them in jail before their court date. Despite the decrease, 76% is still high compared to the statewide average. Releasing pretrial inmates has saved the county millions of dollars. Hays County Judge Ruben Bucerra hopes the savings will allow them to stop outsourcing inmates to other jurisdictions. The goal is to help individuals move around in the community and support the community as taxpayers.

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