<h3>Quote of the Day</h3> <p class="rtecenter">“我不认为我见过一位西班牙潘安藏人”</p> <p class="rtecenter"> – <a href="http://www.businessinsider.com/ted-cruz-says-hes-never-seen-an-hispanic-panhandler-2015-4" target="_blank">Presidential candidate Ted Cruz</a></p> <h3>Daily Roundup</h3> <strong>Lupe Loses</strong> – One of the most notorious law officials in recent Texas history just saw another hit in his case. “A federal appeals court . . . ruled against former Hidalgo County sheriff Lupe Treviño in his attempt to reduce his five-year prison term,” <a href="http://www.themonitor.com/news/local/appeals-court-rules-against-former-hidalgo-county-sheriff-lupe-trevi/article_3fff6370-ee8b-11e4-a8b9-3fa1d678b5a7.html" target="_blank">according to the McAllen <em>Monitor</em></a>. “Treviño, 65, had appealed the five-year sentence handed down by U.S. District Judge Micaela Alvarez, who went beyond federal sentencing guidelines in handing down his punishment, saying he'd abused the public's trust in his position.” The Appeals Court didn’t even bother waiting for oral arguments before handing down its decision. The only thing left for <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px">Treviño now is to appeal his case to the Supreme Court. But even if they did agree to hear it, he’d probably be out by the time they did. </span> <!--break--><strong>Farewell, </strong><span style="line-height: 1.6"><strong>Fiesta</strong> – Say goodbye to the Hispanic grocery chain, Fiesta, at least when it comes to Texas ownership. “</span>In a deal that could reinvigorate the aging retail icon, an out-of-state investment firm has purchased the chain with the announced intention of ‘building value,’” <a href="http://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/retail/article/Grocery-icon-Fiesta-has-new-owners-6232127.php" target="_blank">writes the <em>Houston Chronicle</em></a>. “Little is known about the new owner's specific plans for the stores or what is ahead for the some 8,000 Fiesta Mart employees. The buyer, Washington, D.C.-based Acon Investments, declined to be interviewed about its plans for the sixty Texas stores it acquired, including 34 in the Houston area.” As the story notes, Fiesta, founded in 1972, was one of the first—if not the first<span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px">—</span>grocery chain to recognize the importance of and cater to the Hispanic market. Since Fiesta was founded, however, more than one grocery retailer has attempted to expand its market into the Hispanic community as well. But maybe Fiesta will be in good hands? The investment company’s previous efforts include the gag gift shop Spencer’s and the cheapo pop-up store Spirit Halloween. <strong>Top-Down Conspiracy</strong> – Last week it was just a crazy rumor. Now, talk of the military takeover has gotten so intense, even the White House is responding. To be fair, it was sort of a forced conversation, as was Governor Greg Abbott’s directive to the Texas National Guard to keep an eye on the federal military. “When asked about Abbott’s actions on Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said that ‘in no way will the constitutional rights or civil liberties of any American citizen be infringed upon while this exercise is being conducted,’” <a href="http://www.star-telegram.com/news/politics-government/article19894023.html" target="_blank">according to the Fort Worth<em> Star-Telegram</em></a>. “When Earnest was asked Wednesday if Abbott’s move was a result of ‘paranoia,’ he did not answer directly, but did say that the military personnel won’t be incognito. They’ll be wearing arm bands.” <strong>Blue Bellghazi Continues</strong> – Now that Blue Bell is under the microscope, even more unfortunate details are being revealed about its plants. According to health records, “state health inspectors found crickets in a storage room, dirty mop buckets, and mildew at Blue Bell’s ice cream production plant in Brenham,” <a href="http://bizbeatblog.dallasnews.com/2015/04/health-inspectors-found-crickets-mildew-at-blue-bell-plant-report.html/">writes</a> the Dallas<em> Morning News. </em>“The Texas Department of State Health Services found more than a dozen issues during inspections conducted from Jan., 1, 2011, to April 15, 2015,” although “a health department spokeswoman has repeatedly described the iconic Texas company’s inspection track record over the years as ‘good’ with ‘very few issues, and none that required a warning letter or penalty.’” It’s true that, on paper, health code violations often look far worse than they actually are. But when you’ve got a potentially deadly bacteria swimming through your product, “good” just ain’t good enough. <strong>Clickity Bits</strong> <strong><a href="http://www.statesman.com/feed/news/state-regional/ut-survey-finds-support-for-city-fracking/f7hG5/" target="_blank">Big Surprise: Poll Finds People Support Local Control Over Fracking</a></strong> <strong><a href="http://hosted2.ap.org/txdam/c416f4bc0c0c494d90b69ee2bd36efeb/Article_2015-04-29-US--People-SnoopDogg-Lawsuit/id-2c5a1451c3d949f7bb878906a0796143" target="_blank">The Snoop Dog Texas Trooper Is Suing His Bosses</a></strong> <strong><a href="http://www.dailydot.com/politics/bill-flores-baltimore-riot-gay-marriage/?tw=dd" target="_blank">Bad Logic: “Texas Republican Uses Baltimore Protests as Reason to Oppose Gay Marriage”</a></strong> <strong><a href="http://fuelfix.com/blog/2015/04/29/texas-has-the-nations-no-1-oil-field/" target="_blank">We’re Number One! . . . In Oil Fields</a></strong> <em>我们错过了什么吗?有一个热门的新闻提示?发送我们的方式: [电子邮件 protected] 或推文@texasmonthly和@thatwinkler。</em>
<p>Property tax appraisals going out around Texas right now likely will give a boost to the Senate’s property tax cut proposals over the House plan for sales tax cuts. But a look at some of the appraisals show the Senate plan is too little to make a real difference to homeowners in fast growth areas. And an honest look at the state of the state’s economy finds the House plan borders on fiscal irresponsibility rather than fiscal conservatism.</p> <p>The Texas economy is poised for a contraction, and, with that, comes a major decline in state government revenues. This may not be the time for tax cuts, even if this KPRC-TV map clearly shows the pain of rising appraisals, at least in Harris County. <a href="http://www.click2houston.com/news/investigates/transportation-causes-houstonarea-home-values-to-spike/31114248" target="_blank">For an interactive version, click here.</a></p> <p><img alt=" KPRC税收图 " class="media-image attr__typeof__foaf:Image img__fid__34117 img__view_mode__default attr__format__default attr__field_file_image_alt_text[und][0][value]__KPRC Tax Map attr__field_file_image_title_text[und][0][value]__KPRC" title=" KPRC税收图 " typeof="foaf:Image" /></p> <p> </p> <!--break--> <p>The Wall Street Journal reported last week that a <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/04/20/j-p-morgan-claims-vindication-over-texas-downturn-prediction/" target="_blank">JP Morgan economist, Michael Feroli</a>, is predicting some rough months ahead for Texas, even if the long term is strong. Former Dallas Federal Reserve President Richard Fisher had dismissed a similar prediction by Feroli late last year but now admits it is possible. </p> <blockquote> <p>In a new report, Mr. Feroli was back to say he was right, and Mr. Fisher was wrong. “The only thing dropping in the Texas economy lately is the number of jobs,” he said in a report. The economist said Texas is now seeing the sort of job losses that would normally occur only in a recession.</p> <p>Mr. Feroli pointed to a report from the Texas Workforce Commission showing the state lost 25,400 jobs in March. He said a proportional loss on the national scale would be if the U.S. lost 304,000 jobs – a recession-like outcome not seen in some time…</p> <p>Mr. Feroli thinks Texas’ pain won’t last long term. A more nationally oriented financial system will help diffuse any negative impact on the credit sector, he noted. “Texas probably still faces some challenging months ahead, but for the medium and longer term we remain bullish,” Mr. Feroli said.</p> <p>Mr. Fisher acknowledged Texas is facing what looks to be a “rough year,” although he added the downturn hitting his state to some degree tracks the slowing seen in the national economy.</p> <p>“Energy prices have hurt,” Mr. Fisher said, but so too has the strong dollar, which weighs heavily on a strong exporting state like Texas. “We might expect a few more disappointing months in the Lone Star state, but if oil prices hold near current levels and the U.S. economy is able to regain its footing, Texas should eek out modestly positive job growth for the year,” he said.</p> </blockquote> <p>Similarly, today’s Austin American-Statesman reported on <a href="http://www.mystatesman.com/news/business/a-texas-recession-possibility-rises-but-long-term-/nk562/?icmp=statesman_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesmanpremium#dfc2d828.3463405.735718" target="_blank">increased signs of a potential state recession</a>.</p> <blockquote> <p>For the second time in the past two months, the Dallas Fed has scaled back its forecast for statewide job growth in 2015. Its Texas Leading Index, which predicts the trajectory of the state economy, has dropped for six consecutive months. And its latest business outlook surveys hint at an economic drawback, albeit one largely tied to certain industries and certain parts of the state.</p> <p>The data to confirm any recession in Texas won’t come out for months. But what’s clear is that a sharp drop in oil prices prompted 25,400 statewide job losses in March — the first monthly drop in Texas payrolls in more than four years — and the energy sector has an even larger impact on the state’s gross domestic product.</p> <p>“Oil and gas is a much bigger share of output than employment — about 2 percent of jobs but 13 percent of output — so a year or two from now we might see (we had) a quarter or two of recession,” said Keith Phillips, assistant vice president of the Dallas Fed’s San Antonio branch. If so, “it’s going to be short and shallow and would be more heavily on the output side than the employment side.”</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>The Proposed Sales Tax Rate Cut</strong></p> <p>The House well may be whistling past the graveyard in proposing a cut in the state sales tax rate in the tax package it sent to the Senate this week. The state sales tax rate cut from 6.25 percent to 5.95 percent may seem easy at first when you look at the comptroller’s revenue forecast from January. Sales tax collections to general revenue in January were 2.5 billion, an increase of 11.2 percent from the previous year. Comptroller Glenn Hegar in his<a href="http://www.texastransparency.org/State_Finance/Budget_Finance/Reports/Biennial_Revenue_Estimate/2016_17/pdf/BRE_2016-17.pdf" target="_blank"> revenue estimate </a>reported that sales tax makes up 63 percent of state tax revenue, and he predicted an 8.9 percent increase in collections of the tax over the next two years.</p> <p>But the estimate also noted that dramatic increases in sales tax collections in recent years was due to the hydraulic fracturing boom for oil and gas. Fossil fuel mining is a substantial stimulus to sales tax collections. Hagar additionally noted that the outcome of Southwest Royalties Inc. v. Combs, could result in a $2 billion refund on taxes collected on oil and gas well equipment used in manufacturing.</p> <blockquote> <p>Subdued by recession then stimulated by the fracking boom, sales tax revenues were subject to erratic swings in the previous years . After contracting by 2 .7 percent in fiscal 2009 and by an additional 6 .6 percent in 2010, sales tax revenues rebounded by 9 .4 percent in 2011 as economic recovery strengthened . In 2012, Texas sales tax revenues surged by 12 .6 percent .</p> <p>This volatility in sales tax revenues has been more pronounced with respect to business spending, particularly in oil and natural gas-related sectors, than with respect to consumer spending.</p> </blockquote> <p>The House sales tax cut, <a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/fiscalnotes/html/HB00031H.htm" target="_blank">HB 31</a>, would reduce sales tax revenues by about $3.5 billion over the next two years. Combined with a possible cyclical decline in sales tax revenues plus the Southwest Royalties case, the state could see available revenues drop by $5.5 billion or more. Instead of rolling in the dough, lawmakers could find themselves back in special session to make budget cuts, raise tax rates or raid the Rainy Day Fund.</p> <p>While cutting taxes may seem like the libertarian, small-government thing to do and may even have been promised by some incumbents during last year’s elections, more than half the Legislative membership lacks the institutional memory to fully grasp the consequences of such actions in the current atmosphere.</p> <p>Seventy-seven of the 181 members of the current Legislature were children or teenagers in 1985, the last time there was a major economic bust in Texas. And 107 members were not in the Legislature in 2007 when a major property tax cut was passed.<a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2010/feb/03/rick-perry/perry-says-he-cut-property-taxes-one-third/" target="_blank"> So few Texans saw a benefit from that tax cut that most thought it was a lie.</a><span style="line-height: 1.6;"> The 2007 reworking</span><span style="line-height: 1.6;">of the franchise or margins tax was ham-handed, but the idea behind it was to spread the state’s tax burden to all businesses so that it was not just carried by a few. Both the House and Senate plans essentially are returning Texas to a day when a few businesses pay the largest share of state taxes while the rest are given a pass on civic responsibility.</span></p> <p><strong>The Proposed Property Tax Cuts</strong></p> <p>There is absolutely no doubt that some areas of Texas are feeling the pinch of rising property taxes due to increased appraisals – and it is not just upper income homeowners. In Travis County, some of the areas with the greatest increases in residential home values are the traditional neighborhoods of the poor and minority residents of Austin. Redevelopment and gentrification have driving valuations up as much as 27 percent in some of those neighborhoods.</p> <p>But the Senate’s property tax plan will be a boon to those who live in areas of stable or declining land values while doing little for the people most in need of tax-growth restraint. The Senate plan would raise the homestead exemption from $15,000 a year to 25 percent of the median home price, estimating a homestead exemption of $33,625 for 2016. The estimate is the change would save homeowners about $210 a year in taxes.</p> <p>To show how little this does, I’m going to use the example of my own home, which is in one of those inner-Austin neighborhoods with rapidly increasing values. Our house is now appraised at 3.5 times more than we paid for it in 1994. That’s great if we wanted to sell, but taxing the difference between what we paid and what it is now worth is a tax on unrealized capital gains. Easily a third of our increased value has occurred since 2011 -- $119,000, which is not far below the original purchase price. Without going into all the details, the assessed value of our home for this year will be about $41,000 higher than it was last year.</p> <p>Using the Travis CAD estimates and comparing that to what we paid last year, our property taxes are likely to increase $1,641 next year. Subtract the $210, and we’ll pay about $1,400 more than the previous year. You can argue that we’ll pay less than we would have paid, but I think most of the similarly situated homeowners are going to sarcastically say: Thanks for the tax cut, Senate.   </p> <p>Here’s a quick tour of places where the Texas news media is reporting on appraisal increases.</p> <p><a href="http://impactnews.com/houston-metro/tomball-magnolia/housing-market-drives-property-tax-increase-in-montgomery-co/" target="_blank">Montgomery County</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>In Montgomery County, appraised property values have increased by an average of 12.5 percent in 2015 over 2014 valuations, Castleschouldt said. Based on average home prices in the Magnolia area, some homeowners could see a property value increase of anywhere from $56,000 to $68,000.</p> <p>“We have experienced, in the last several years, double digit [property tax] increases [throughout the area],” Castleschouldt said. “Harris County has gone up 15 percent, and Fort Bend [County] has gone up 14 to 16 percent. It just depends on if the [housing] market is really good in a particular area and if it is escalating. Believe me, that type of increase is not seen throughout the state of Texas, but is probably seen more in the metropolitan areas where the real estate market is extremely hot.”</p> </blockquote> <p>Harris County, <a href="http://www.khou.com/story/news/local/2015/03/30/property-taxes-up-all-across-harris-county-due-to-growth/70692490/" target="_blank">thanks to KHOU</a>:</p> <blockquote> <p>" 关于 90% of the homes in Harris County are going to see some increase," explained Jack Barnett with the Harris County Appraisal District. "This year we are seeing about a 15% increase in residential property values."</p> <p>That means a home valued at $200,000 in 2014 will be closer to $230,000 on 2015. The reason for the hike is that Houston continues to grow.</p> </blockquote> <p>KPRC detailed the areas of appraisal growth by zip code. The 77469 Zip Code between Sugar Land and Rosenberg saw property values increase by 81 percent since 2009. The map at the top of this Burkablog item is from KPRC. <a href="http://www.click2houston.com/news/investigates/transportation-causes-houstonarea-home-values-to-spike/31114248" target="_blank">To see a larger version of the map and check out the full zip code list, click here. </a></p> <p>In the state’s capital county of Travis, the Austin American-Statesman reports that <a href="http://www.mystatesman.com/news/business/travis-county-home-values-jump-11-percent/nk5L5/#546a4e5b.3463405.735718" target="_blank">the average increase in valuation was 11 percent.</a> But unlike the Houston area where the growth is in newer neighborhoods, in Travis the inner city is increasing the fastest. And the fastest growth appears to be in those parts of town where the poorest residents and most minorities have lived but are being pushed hard by new construction and gentrification. One of those areas will see a 27 percent increase in its appraisals.<a href="http://media.cmgdigital.com/shared/lt/lt_cache/thumbnail/715/img/photos/2015/04/28/89/43/web_042915_travisappraisals.jpg" target="_blank"> Check out the map. </a></p> <p>Appraisals are up about <a href="http://www.expressnews.com/business/local/article/Bexar-property-values-to-rise-almost-7-percent-5409995.php" target="_blank">7 percent in Bexar County</a>. </p> <blockquote> <p>The average market price of a homestead in Bexar County is $157,000, according to the appraisal district. That's up from last year's average of $147,000.</p> <p>In the five-year period leading up to last year, real-estate values were on the decline. In 2008, the market value of a residential home in Bexar County was $148,000. Housing values fell until 2013, when values grew by 2 percent.</p> </blockquote> <p>I couldn’t find any current year news reports for the North Texas area, but I’m sure they are running about the same. Rural Texas tends to have stable values, while some areas of South Texas have been in decline.</p> <p>The real bottom line here is that tax cuts will not stimulate major new economic growth, only an increase in oil prices will do that. A property tax cut may taste good, but, for the homeowners who need a break the most, the Senate plan will just be empty calories. And with the short-term future of the Texas economy so uncertain, the House sales tax cuts look irresponsible. A good argument can be made against raising taxes during a recession to avoid budget cuts because the increase doesn’t go away when the economy rebounds. The same argument can be made against cutting taxes when times are flush, because the rate will not automatically increase when the money becomes short.</p> <p>The truly responsible thing is for the Legislature to spend what it has in the best way possible for the state and put off any tax cuts until we know more about what the economy is doing.</p> <p> </p>

我第一次看到日本人 Takoyaki. - 在几个世纪以来,一家愚蠢的美味章鱼饺子已经为日本的商店和街道进行了思考 - 在安东尼Bourdain的一集的情况下。立即我跳到我的电脑并进行了疯狂的搜索 Takoyaki. 德克萨斯州的餐馆。必须有一些日本移植在德克萨斯州兜售家乡的德克萨斯贩卖众多食物到美国美食家。刚才。毋庸置疑,我没有什么,甚至没有蚕食。我应该知道更好。这里的正宗日本烹饪的程度与费城卷在商店购买的欢乐时光 榻榻米 市中心。然后一个命运的下午,一个朋友打电话给我,建议我们参观一辆新的食品卡车:爱情球。抛开其他可能的内涵,这款卡车真的持有名称。 “我们制作球,我们把爱放进去,”老板罗斯·罗斯施亚尔说,27。他们肯定是这样做的,所有的企业都履行了订单。这个过程是一丝细致和慢的一个,但值得大约10-20分钟等待。每个订单 Takoyaki. 附带八大齿块章鱼盒包装在一个灼热的面团,调味于咸味的完美,并享受了一堆特殊的日本梅奥,粉状海藻和鲣鱼薄片。 “我们正在吃很多食物拖车,一些东西失踪:日本街头食品,”Rothschild说。 “我们想 Takoyaki. 可访问,古怪,并适合奥斯汀食品场景。没有人在做镇;没有人在德克萨斯州甚至这样做。我们想到了很多人会有兴趣,好奇地对此感兴趣。这是一种我们可以玩的形式。“ 每个球在外面脆,里面的温暖和粘糊糊,每一件咬只持续一个只有五秒钟的耻辱。如果可以,我会更快地吞噬它们,但他们直接从燃烧的煎锅上直接恢复了这一事实,这对我的牙龈不好。纹理和口味像炖炖一样融合在一起,每个叮咬都感觉就像一个锯齿冲孔。 “我第一次在日本,我很迷恋,”Rothschild说道。 “我在日本的旅行和饮食中有一个个人的爱,我想带回我喜欢的地方所爱的东西。我们想做 Takoyaki. 所以人们不必去日本或加利福尼亚来获得它。“ Gabe和他的妻子撒脚在今年3月开设了翻新和排放的校车,从那时起,他们不仅达到了巨大的成功,而且他们还设法淹没了一个完全没有亚洲的社区偏心伴有日本街的味道。他们所有这些都在东六街的舒适众多食物卡车中藏了一下,他们制定了计划留下来无限期。 “我真的很喜欢这个地方。 Gabe说,这么多卡车没有那么多乐园。“ “我将支持所有这些卡车的建议给任何人。我喜欢在围绕产品工作,我为此感到骄傲。这里有一个很棒的家庭感。我们都支持彼此,当你有一个小企业时,你会在数百小时创造时有用。“ Duo可能会在某些时候扩展,无论是加入另一辆卡车,可在深夜酒吧场景中接管,或者在更多的物品上放置更多的东西(但我更喜欢称之为简单)菜单。当然,所有人都保持着“球”主题。 “最终,我们计划提供不同的东西,”Gabe说。 “为了成功,我们需要扩展已经拥有的社区 Takoyaki. , 你知道?长期以来,我们不能成为日本生活中的一半。“因此,在未来几个月,爱情球希望看到它的Takoyaki和大蒜的菜单 yaki. onigiri. (或在外行的术语中,大蒜米饭)蓬勃发展成一个更全球的曲目,包括新鲜的意大利马苏里拉,地中海橄榄和甜点球。它表明从爱情球的日本根源休息,但罗斯柴尔德确保了这一点 Takoyaki. 将继续采取中心阶段。 “我们想坚持真实性,但你只能做到这一点 Takoyaki. “Gabe说。 “只要我们保留 Takoyaki. 在菜单的顶部。我会一直推荐它,甚至给羞辱八达通的人。“自从没有保留集会,我已经回到了很多次的人。但是,当Takoyaki这很好时,没有“太多次”这样的东西。 Itadakimasu. ! (爱情球,周五下午3点和7-11点(虽然数小时可能会有所不同)。www.loveballsbus.com. 。 推特: @loveballsbus. – STEPHANIE KUO