Bob Daemmrich for the Texas Tribune

Analysis: Texas’ most persistent policy problem

You wouldn’t be out of line wondering why Texas school finance didn’t get fixed in 2017. Or 2015. Or 2013. But it’s because this is a hard policy problem and a harder political one. The prompt now is that property taxes have gotten so far out of hand that lawmakers have no choice but to act.

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In fraud trial, lawyer for Carlos Uresti claims senator’s ignorance of business partners’ wrongdoing

In opening arguments in the federal criminal case against state Sen. Carlos Uresti, prosecutors alleged that he used his reputation as a public official to lend credibility to a frac-sand company's Ponzi scheme. But defense attorneys for the San Antonio Democrat claim he was never aware of the company's criminal activity.

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