The state franchise tax is already taking a beating and the Texas Legislature hasn’t even entered into the session yet.
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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.
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.
President Obama’s looming announcement on major changes to the U.S. immigration system could take a financial and economic toll on the states, some critics say – as undocumented residents come out of the shadows and, in some cases, become eligible for benefits.