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In Topic: Alaska to adopt state income tax due to low oil prices

12 December 2015 - 10:52 AM

A couple of big differences between the tax situations in Alaska and Texas.


First, in Alaska, almost all the land is owned by the Federal government, and I assume not taxed. In Texas, almost all our land is privately owned and therefore subject to taxation.


Second, Texas has a vastly greater population, buying stuff and paying sales tax on their purchases.


So, governments in Texas have two huge revenue streams that Alaska doesn't have.

In Topic: Denton Residents Opposing New Buc-ee's

16 November 2015 - 05:07 PM

A real estate developer I know recently described Denton to me as the most anti-growth, anti-development, anti-everything, city in the entire metroplex.

In Topic: Old saying

12 November 2015 - 09:28 PM

I don't remember that one. Of course there was always about a lot of dark humor about how in a nuclear attack Fort Worth would be a prime target so it's entire possible.


 My favorite variation on that idea was back when New York had the "I Love New York" campaign. You'd see bumper stickers that said "Love New York? Take I-35 North!".

In Topic: Property tax vote

09 November 2015 - 04:55 PM

A lot of the amendments tend to be what are called housekeeping amendments. They are amendments to address outdated provisions in the constitution. Amendments 2, 3, & 5, would fall into this category. When Texas adopted its constitution, the framers designed a state government with very limited powers. That's one reason for the numerous housekeeping amendments.

In Topic: Central Market vs Blue Bell Ice Cream

03 November 2015 - 03:41 PM

I don't know about all grocery stores, but the Kroger where I shop never put anything in the freezer space where the Blue Bell had been. They just left the freezer space empty with a sign saying sorry, no Blue Bell.


It's my understanding that food producers often pay the grocery stores for prime shelf space for their products. So, I assume that Blue Bell arranged with Kroger to continue the payments in exchange for Kroger leaving the space empty. Perhaps the volume of Blue Bell sold at Central Market didn't justify continuing such an arrangement?