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  • Sales Tax Surge to Help Texas to Keep Its Books in Balance

    Keeping the books of the state of Texas balanced can be something of a challenge. The past session of the Texas Legislature balanced the 2018-19 budget, albeit barely. The next session, due to start in a year, is going to face quite a challenge in making sure that spending matches tax receipts.

  • How the Foreign Investment in Real Property Tax Act Can Affect California Real Estate Investments

    California offers a vast array of opportunities for real estate investors from around the world. In the San Diego area, for example, investors can participate in new residential and commercial developments, purchase distressed properties with the goal of rehabilitating and selling them, or acquire properties for rental, among many other options.

  • Importance of Small Business Subcontracting Plans
      by HG.org

    Small businesses work with subcontractors and contractors to ensure projects are completed on time and through various tasks delegated as needed based on the size and scope of the duties. Some small businesses are able to maintain subcontracting plans and work with other companies with programs and projects that exceed $700,000 in total.

  • Resource Conservation and Recovery Act for Small Business Owners
      by HG.org

    To remove, transport and eradicate waste, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act or RCRA was implemented for these controls and to ensure the small businesses are able to ensure the contaminants are removed from the premises. While there are federal regulations attached to the RCRA, the process permits hazardous waste removal and treatment at the small business site.

  • Banning Red Light Cameras in Texas

    Many communities in the state of Texas have installed red light cameras at busy intersections. These cameras take a picture of the license plate of a vehicle running a red light. The DMV then sends a ticket to the motorist who is registered as owner of the vehicle in question.

  • New STAAR Test Guidelines Issued in Texas in the Wake of Harvey

    Harvey disrupted a great many aspects of Texas life, not the least of which was education. Many schools in the area affected by Texas were closed for days or even weeks, and some students were required to continue their learning at other schools as the ones they had attended underwent repairs.

  • SBA Proposes New Rules for Office of Hearings and Appeals to Contemplate CVE Appeals and Protests
      by HG.org

    New rules have been proposed to enable contractors the ability to file protests with the Small Business Administration Office of Hearing and Appeals in order to challenge the Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business or the Veteran Owned Small Business status of the company in the VetBiz database. These rules would permit a contractor to appeal a denial. When the rules have been finalized and implemented, there will be more protections in place for the SDVOSBs and VOSBs. This will also consolidate eligibility requirements for the SDVOSB as mandated by Congress. The regulations were published in the current Federal Register for SBA’s proposals and rules on September 28, 2017. The rules that have been proposed for changes are in two categories of Centers for Veteran Enterprises protests and appeals. This is to protest certain aspects of these businesses and rules as well as appeal when a denial for inclusion has been received by a veteran or service-disabled veteran.

  • State Funded Network of Sensors Begins to Track Fracking Related Earthquakes in Texas

    Houston Public Media is reporting that a network of seismology sensors, partly funded by the state of Texas, is up and running. The TexNet Seismic Monitoring program, run by the University of Texas at Austin's Bureau of Economic Geology, is designed to track earthquakes in the state and to determine how and to what extent they are being caused by oil field fracking operations.

  • Threat of Whistleblowers to Federal Contractors
      by HG.org

    Whistleblowers are often helpful in uncovering problems, laws broken, violations in regulations, and similar complications within a business. However, these persons are often a serious problem for companies with federal contracts, and this could lead to a loss of sales, dissolution of the business and severe penalties incurred.

  • Government Accountability Office Recommends Leasing Practice for Foreign-Owned Real Estate
      by HG.org

    Real estate in other countries that is owned by citizens both in and from the United States is affected by taxation and other situations such as leasing practices and behavior. The Government Services Administration has proposed processes to ensure these practices are overseen and there is accountability in place for possible problems.


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