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  • in ten years, it seems like not much has been accomplished except for the CAT plant

    once again, is anyone going to ask mr fowler about this ?

    January 25, 2011 at 9:32 a.m.
  • I can't believe no one has jumped on his list of "accomplishments" for 10 yrs of work.....an expansion of a buisiness that already existed (how can he really claim that), a nuclear plant that doubtfully will come ( a landowner willing to sell I would wager is the biggest draw, how can Fowler bring them if nobody will sell to them?) A business that closed its doors & didn't make good on its "deal" with the city (didn't they walk away from a pretty substantial tax bill scott free?) and last but not least, Catepiller, another free land/tax free entity ( that kinda stuff sells itself but how wise is it?). I don't know much about baseball but that batting average is sub-par IMO.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.
  • I can't believe no one has jumped on his list of "accomplishments" for 10 yrs of work.....an expansion of a buisiness that already existed (how can he really claim that), a nuclear plant that doubtfully will come ( a landowner willing to sell I would wager is the biggest draw, how can Fowler bring them if nobody will sell to them?) A business that closed its doors & didn't make good on its "deal" with the city (didn't they walk away from a pretty substantial tax bill scott free?) and last but not least, Catepiller, another free land/tax free entity ( that kinda stuff sells itself but how wise is it?). I don't know much about baseball but that batting average is sub-par IMO.

    January 24, 2011 at 10:02 p.m.
  • My point is, if a tax is enacted, then tax breaks are given to qualifying individuals or businesses, it ads to the cost of federal, state or local governments to operate. Government grows larger by adding another layer of bureaucrats to enact tax exemptions already being enforced by other bureaucrats.

    By the way, you are correct, HOT taxes are optional, especially if you are on official business and work for certain entities.

    Hotel Tax Exemptions

    There are four types of guests who may claim exemption from state hotel tax: certain nonprofit organizations; government; specific nonprofit entities; and permanent residents.

    http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo...

    January 23, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.
  • LOL! That is funny Lamppost, you're really leaping to extremes.

    Notice the word INCLUDING "including those given for elderly and disabled homeowners."

    Another point, if a tax was not already being levied, there would not be a reason for a tax break. Get it?

    January 23, 2011 at 1:20 a.m.
  • Lamppost: "Ocker said he was going to drop out of politics for a while and focus on his business"

    Does it mean he should cease being a concerned citizen?

    January 22, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.
  • AUSTIN — Business tax breaks cost Texas $4.3 billion in the last state budget, a figure that amounts to about a third of the state's massive revenue shortfall, according to a legislative report obtained on Friday by the Associated Press.

    The report also found that local governments lost $235 billion in state property tax exemptions, including those given for elderly and disabled homeowners, according to the report prepared by the House Ways and Means Committee.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/c...

    January 22, 2011 at 7:22 p.m.
  • True, but where is Judge Pozzi s comment?

    Perhaps, he was asked and replied... No Comment.

    If you want to speculate, we all can right?

    January 22, 2011 at 7:15 p.m.
  • I guess Mr. Ocker sought out Allison Miles because he knew she going to write this story? Don't you think it was the other way around?

    January 22, 2011 at 6:29 p.m.
  • That police cruiser is providing a universal service "enjoyed" by all. Can you refute his comment without muddling private enterprise and public services?

    January 17, 2011 at 11:12 a.m.