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Tue
17
Oct
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Tax reform to put more money into your pockets

By U.S SENATOR GUEST COLUMN JOHN CORNYN

 

Not long ago, our president came before the American public and was blunt about the state of the federal tax code in this country. He called on Congress to “simplify the system. Get rid of the loopholes,” and “lower the corporate tax rate” — one that ranks among the highest in the industrialized world.

Although the words sound familiar, the president who delivered them might not be the one you’re thinking of: They’re from Barack Obama, during his 2011 State of the Union address. Now, fast-forward a few years, and a new president from a different party is saying much the same thing. President Donald Trump has called our tax code a “relic” and a “colossal barrier standing in the way of America’s economic comeback.” He’s right, of course, and so was President Obama. Tax reform doesn’t have to be partisan. In fact, it shouldn’t be, because the ramifications are much more than political

 

Tue
10
Oct
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New laws on the books

By ANDREW MURR

After a long, five-month legislative session in the spring, and an August, 30-day special session this summer, there are several new laws on the books that went into effect on September 1. Here is a brief run-down of a few of the new state laws which are currently in force:

NO TEXTING AND DRIVING Effective immediately, reading, writing or sending a text while driving a moving vehicle is against the law. There are exceptions for using a GPS device for directions, and hands-free devices are not impacted by this legislation, but those stopped for this violation for the first time can face fines up to $99. Repeat offenders will be on the hook for as much as $200. As we’ve seen right here in our district, distracted driving can be fatal, so play it safe and handle those text messages once you reach your destination.

Tue
10
Oct
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Licensing products, process and gain rewards

By DAVE ERICKSON

Entrepreneurs who are developing a product (product or process) for commercialization basically have two choices to get their product to the marketplace; manufacture it themselves or license the right to make and distribute to someone else. This process is called licensing out. A license, through a licensing agreement, is a formal granting of the rights to make and sell to another party, who is called a licensing partner. The entrepreneur, or licensor, is usually paid in up-front fees and ongoing royalty payments.

Tue
03
Oct
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Governor applauds TxDOT efforts in removal of hurricane debris

By Ed Sterling | Texas Press Association

AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 27 announced the Texas Department of Transportation had collected more than 2.4 million cubic feet of debris left behind by Hurricane Harvey in roadways across the four districts hardest hit by the storm.

TxDOT is continuing to assist in the removal of debris from roadsides in Corpus Christi, Houston, Beaumont and a number of areas along the Gulf Coast region, Abbott said in a news release.

“This is a tall order, but I want to assure Texans that TxDOT is up to the challenge and has already made great progress. We will not rest until this important job is finished, and we are working to do so as quickly as possible,” he added.

 

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Tue
03
Oct
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Your local newspaper: the real deal

By JIM ZACHARY

While no one should ever say “I know it’s real because I saw it on the internet,” everyone should be able to say, “I know it’s real. I read it in the newspaper.” Real newspapers reporting real news have never been more important or more valuable to readers and communities.

This week, newspapers across the nation recognize National Newspaper Week and the theme — Real Newspapers…

Real News — points to the importance of accurate reporting, watchdog journalism, strong editorials, comprehensive public notices and a free, open public forum that can be easily accessed by readers in more ways than ever before.

 

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Wed
27
Sep
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What you should know about Equifax’s data breach

By HEATHER MASSEY

As much as technology can connect us and make our lives easier, it can also make us more vulnerable to thieves. If you have a credit report, chances are you are one of 143 million American consumers who have been affected by the recent data breach at Equifax, one of the nation’s three major credit reporting agencies.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the breach lasted from mid-May through July. It exposed personal information for nearly half of all Americans including Social Security numbers, addresses, birth date and credit card numbers. The hackers also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information for about 182,000 people.

Equifax is alerting consumers whose information has been breached through email. It is also working with state and federal authorities.

Wed
27
Sep
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Celebrating centuries of Hispanic contributions

By WILL HURD

Tue
19
Sep
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Texas Strong

By WILL HURD

Hurricane Harvey left many fellow Texans with their lives in danger and homes destroyed.

However, the rapid response to this natural disaster has been exemplary. Ironically, as September is National Disaster Preparedness Month, it’s important to highlight the hard work and coordination of our first responders that saved countless lives and made Texas resilient in Harvey’s wake. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has done an incredible job aligning federal, state, and local agencies while seamlessly integrating private and non-profit partners into coordinated missions. Other federal agencies have aided these response efforts as well, like the Small Business Administration which assists small businesses and homeowners as they begin to rebuild through its disaster relief loan program.

 

Tue
19
Sep
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A small business owner isn't an entrepreneur

By PAUL HOWARD

Just because you own and operate a small business doesn’t make you an entrepreneur.

A study published in an issue of the Quarterly Journal of Economics revealed a key difference between being self-employed and an entrepreneur.

 

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Tue
12
Sep
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Tips for donating to charities following Harvey

BY HEATHER MASSEY

Hurricane Harvey has left thousands of Texans in desperate need for help.

BBB suggests donors watch out for red flags, such as a charity or fundraiser that:

• Refuses to provide written information about its identity, mission and how the donations will be used.

• Won’t provide proof that a contribution is tax deductible.

• Uses a name that closely resembles that of a better-known, reputable organization.

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