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Apr. 16, 2013
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TAB remembers Bob Perry
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Bob Perry, Houston real estate magnate and influential, self-made home builder, passed away on April 13 at the age of 80. A generous philanthropist, he was a long time member of numerous associations including the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) and the Greater Houston Builders Association (GHBA). The Texas residential construction community mourns the passing of one of its most valued contributors.

Coverage of his influence can be read at The Houston Chronicle and The Texas Tribune.

Legislative notebook: Dewhurst vows final conservative push
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Conservatives in the Texas Legislature will make a final push to pass contentious abortion, education and gun rights bills over the final six weeks of the session, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said, renewing his pledge to make Texas the nation's most socially and fiscally conservative state. In an interview, Dewhurst dismissed the idea that slow action on those issues and an apparent willingness by the Republican majority to spend a large chunk of the state's cash reserves — an idea that Republicans would not even consider two years ago — signaled a wavering of conservative principles since the tumultuous and bitter 2011 session. More
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State, river authority to partner on desalination plant study
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Tying endangered whooping cranes to state water demands, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson announced Monday that his office would partner with the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority to spend roughly $2 million to study the feasibility of a desalination plant by the Texas Gulf coast. Patterson said such a plant could transform salty Gulf water into freshwater, thus easing demand on the Guadalupe River. More

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Rising costs put squeeze on builder confidence in April
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Facing increasing costs for building materials and rising concerns about the supply of developed lots and labor, builders registered less confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes in April, with a two-point drop to 42 on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. "Many builders are expressing frustration over being unable to respond to the rising demand for new homes due to difficulties in obtaining construction credit, overly restrictive mortgage lending rules and construction costs that are increasing at a faster pace than appraised values," said Rick Judson, National Association of Home Builders Chairman. More

U-Haul names Houston as top 2012 US destination city
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U-Haul International, Inc., today released the results of the annual 2012 U-Haul National Migration Trend Report, titled "The U-Haul 2012 Top 50 U.S. Destination Cities." According to moving data reflective of nationwide statistics for calendar year 2012, families moving to Houston took the No. 1 spot again, for the fourth year in a row. For the third year in a row, Orlando, Fla. took the No. 2 spot; and Chicago and Las Vegas ranked No. 3 and 4 respectively, while San Antonio came in at No. 5, for the second year in a row. Austin, Texas; Brooklyn, N.Y.; Philadephia, Pa.; Kansas City, Mo. and Sacramento, Calif. rounded out the top 10. More

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Perry calls for $1.6 billion in business tax cuts
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Gov. Rick Perry has endorsed $1.6 billion in tax relief for 109,000 Texas businesses, including allowing 85,000 small- and medium-sized businesses to deduct the first $1 million in gross receipts from their franchise tax bills. That deduction is limited to companies that have less than $20 million in gross receipts — which would account for almost $1 billion of the tax relief over the next two years. More

Dallas-area condo and townhouse boom is outpacing single-family home sales
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Demand for condos and townhouses in North Texas is outstripping supply. These townhouses are under construction near downtown's Farmers Market. The takeoff in Dallas-Fort Worth home sales is the biggest turnaround in the local housing market in decades. Along with the sharp increase in purchases of single-family homes is an even steeper rise in condominium and townhouse sales. (Registration may be required to view article.) More

Bills would limit local governments' ability to pursue environmental claims
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The Texas attorney general would be able to settle environmental lawsuits filed by cities and counties without input or approval from local officials under a bill backed by business interests that is scheduled for a hearing in Austin on April 16. A second bill would bar cities and counties from hiring outside lawyers if they are to be paid from winnings to help fight costly environmental cases aimed at extracting penalties from polluters. More

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Hector Rivero, guest columnist: Time is at hand to better prepare students for job market
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In late March, the Texas House overwhelmingly approved House Bill 5, which will better prepare students for success after high school. Similar legislation is pending in the Texas Senate. House Bill 5 is not an effort to weaken academic rigor, as some have suggested. Instead the legislation reflects a clear understanding of what students need to succeed in today’s job market. Texas can and should provide options for students without retreating at all on high standards. In fact, these bills would spur school districts to create challenging, up-to-date course offerings that better prepare students to lead a Texas economy that is changing rapidly. More

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Rick Perry to Chicago businesses: "Get out while there's still time"
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Gov. Perry has launched an ad campaign in Crain's Chicago Business and its online site inviting businesses to move to Texas. The theme is, "Get Out While There's Still Time," as if Chicago were on the verge of collapse, under invasion or once again on fire. The full-page print ad includes an image of a red exit door, with "Emergency Escape" stenciled inside the familiar outline of the state of Texas. More

For immigration law, a divided pathway emerges
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Two months after a top state Democrat filed a resolution telling Washington that Texas was all in for immigration reform, the measure has proved instead to highlight a lingering divide on the issue. Despite the talk nationwide about broad support for comprehensive immigration reform and embracing those who "would come out of the shadows" if given the chance, Texas lawmakers haven't bought into the bipartisan hype. More

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Perry, legislators have yet to deliver on tax relief promises
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Rolling out his state budget proposal in January, Gov. Rick Perry promised to be "the people's voice" and secure taxpayers $1.8 billion in relief. With six weeks left in the legislative session, it's clear that small businesses will continue receiving a key tax break. And big businesses, particularly large industrial power users, are in line to get most of a $730 million rebate plan that could come up for a vote in the Texas Senate this week. But so far, "the people" aren't getting much. More
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