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Texas Legislature 2019

Texas House committee advances priority property tax legislation, keeping 2.5 percent election trigger

The vote, called around 1 a.m., was 8-3. The lone Democrat who voted in support of the new measure was state Rep. Ryan Guillen, the vice chair of the committee.

From left: Rep. Eddie Rodriguez, D-Austin; Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio; and Rep. Jim Murphy, R-Houston, listen to pubic testimony at the Ways and Means hearing on SB 2. Feb. 27, 2019.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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Understanding Texas Property Taxes and School Finance

In Texas, property taxes keep local governments like cities, counties and school districts operating and pay for everything from police officers' salaries to classroom textbooks. Here's how the taxes are calculated and how they could change in the 2019 legislative session.

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