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The Texas Senate’s Health and Human Services committee this week announced seven recommendations to be considered by the legislature next year.

The state franchise tax is already taking a beating and the Texas Legislature hasn’t even entered into the session yet.

Texas should pursue a waiver from the federal government for more flexibility to administer Medicaid, heighten the "visibility" of the state's mental health programs to "ensure adequate leadership and accountability" and consolidate its three major women's health programs, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services said Monday.

Brazos County state senator Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) wants to keep all the money generated by the state’s fuel tax for highways.

One certainty exists for next year’s session of the Texas Legislature: Lawmakers will act on a state business tax bill.

At the end of the 2013 legislative session, lawmakers set tax rates for 2014 and 2015 only.

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