Bill King

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    November 12, 2017

    State of Texas Debt has nearly Doubled in Last Seven Years

    Want a killer Trivial Pursuit question?  How about this? While Barack Obama was President, did the debt of the Federal government or the State of Texas increase more on a percentage basis? Republicans are quick to point out that while Obama was president the federal debt increased far more than under any other president.  But...

    November 12, 2017

    City of Houston Sales Taxes Continue to Stagnate

    The Texas Comptroller reported yesterday that the City’s sales tax receipts for November (which reflect September sales) were up by 2.3%.  This followed a decline of 3.9% in October.  The October decline was to be anticipated because of Harvey.  However, I had expected to see more of a rebound in November from storm repair purchases. ...

    October 31, 2017

    HGAC Tables New Funds for Uptown Bus Project

    On Friday, HGAC’s Transportation Policy Council (TPC) tabled a funding request from the Uptown TIRZ for an additional $16 million for its Post Oak bus project. Several dozen Uptown residents attended the meeting, and several addressed the TPC, voicing their opposition to the project and the request for additional funds.  No one, other than Uptown’s...

    October 18, 2017

    City Bond Election: Pension Bonds – YES / Improvement Bonds – NO

    As many of you are aware, the City will hold a bond election on November 7.  Early voting begins next Monday, October 23.  There will be five bond propositions (A-E).  The first (A) seeks approval to issue $1 billion in bonds to shore up the police and municipal pension plans.  The other four (B-E) are...

    October 16, 2017

    James Baker: The Need for Civility in an Uncivil World

    The following is a speech that Secretary Baker recently gave to a group at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.  I pass it along to you without commentary other than a hearty “Amen.”   I have been asked to speak tonight about the need for civility in an uncivil world. It is a complicated question, one that robustly...

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