Dreamers, unauthorized who were brought to the United States as children, will account for almost 5% of the Texas graduation class. In the Houston and Dallas school districts, these graduates will account for 10% of the graduation class. Most came with parents who were poor and certainly had less education. But 85% of all Dreamers in Texas will graduate high school, and almost 65% of that number will go on to college. And Texas is one of the few states in the nation that permit Dreamers to pay in-state tuition, even though they are not citizens. Most states do not give that luxury. Some 98,000 Dreamers will graduate high school this year across the United States, with 27,000 in California and 17,000 in Texas. Therefore, these two states account for almost half of all Dreamers nationwide. A Texas legislator has submitted a bill to the state congress to eliminate in-state tuition for Dreamers. It is not expected to pass due to growing support from both Republicans and Democrats that these graduates, like all graduates, need the education to succeed in life.
For most of us, our bedroom is little more than a place to sleep and relax. However, just because it's always been that way doesn't mean that we have to settle for drab and dreary.
One trend that's gaining steam these days is converting your current bedroom into a luxury suite (or something comparable). If you want to live like you're renting a room at the Ritz, then you want to follow these tips.
Compartmentalize Your Activities
Making your bedroom more functional is going to make it more luxurious. Add a gorgeous desk for working and a TV area for entertainment, and you'll be living it up in no time.
Make it Chic
Choose a color palette that is both luxurious and classy. Silver and gold can seem tacky, so choose muted shades that compliment each other.
Also, a brilliant and commanding headboard can instantly upgrade the look of your room without any other changes.
Light it Properly
Finally, make sure that you have the right light to show off your designs. If it's too washed out or yellow, then it will look drab and run down. Switch to brilliant LEDs and see the difference.
Choose Your Accents Wisely
We already mentioned a headboard, but some elegant drapes can also make your room feel more royal. Being strategic with your furniture accessories is going to both keep you under budget and avoid doing too much with the space.
Are you ready to lux your bedroom? You'll be impressed by the results, and the feeling of decadence will make you more confident in your surroundings.
Latinos are finding their economic legs under the Trump administration, leading the surge in home ownership and income growth and record low poverty rates, according to two comprehensive new surveys. While they remain far behind whites in income, they have seen their third consecutive year of income growth and have a higher workplace participation rate, according to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals and the Hispanic Wealth Project.
In two studies just released, the groups also provided revealing details about Latinos and their growth in America. For example, by 2060, nearly one of every three in the U.S. will identify as Latino. The reports detailed Hispanic housing and economic trends and found most signs rapidly improving. What's more, the group's goal of nudging overall Hispanic income up is showing signs of success. The group said that within the next five years, Hispanic median income will triple.
The group listed the positive trends in its income report:
Immigration was the primary driver of population growth for about 1 in 10 counties nationwide. In D-FW, Asians account for an increasing number of immigrants.The northern Dallas suburban school districts, which were just a few years ago over 85%-90% white, are gaining a significant influx of Asian children every year. It is one of the most significant demographic changes currently in America. Coppell ISD is now 53% Asian. In Frisco ISD, the Asians now account for 29% of the student body, and that percentage is rapidly increasing each year. Asians are the majority group in most schools now in Carrollton- Farmers Branch ISD and Plano ISD. Most Asians moving to Dallas-Ft Worth are coming from other states, with a significant portion coming from the West Coast. But a good amount of the Asian growth is immigrant, moving to Dallas from other countries.
Currently city and school districts can raise taxes 8% a year without voter approval.
This new bill, passed by the Texas Senate, and now heads to the House, would limit the increase to 2.5% per year.
AUSTIN — Legislation that would slow property tax increases for home and business owners cleared the Texas Senate on Monday, after the sole Republican opponent of the bill stepped aside to allow the vote.
The vote was a victory for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a longtime proponent of property tax relief and champion of the Senate bill. He was again pitted against his political foil, Amarillo Sen. Kel Seliger, the only Republican who openly opposes the bill. Seliger held it up for weeks before changing his mind Monday morning and voting to allow the debate to proceed.
"Today is a historic day," Patrick said after the vote. "We heard a lot of comments from the floor ... from those in opposition who were concerned about cities and counties and their budgets. We're concerned about the people's budget — that's what we're concerned about."
Senate Bill 2 passed 18-12 with Seliger joining the Democrats in opposition. One senator, Brownsville Democrat Eddie Lucio, was present but did not vote. The bill will be debated in the Texas House, which has written its own version of the priority legislation, a week from Wednesday.
Authored by Houston Republican Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a former tax assessor-collector, SB2 would slow property tax growth by limiting how much revenue local governments and school districts can collect each year. It would not make tax bills smaller.
SB2, which was changed on the Senate floor Monday, caps property tax revenue growth for counties, cities and special taxing districts at 3.5% a year, up from 2.5% in the original version. School districts would stay capped at 2.5% a year; however, they are getting a boost of new funding under separate legislation this session.
The cap could be exceeded if taxing districts hold elections and voters approve the increase. Currently, local governments can increase property tax revenue by up to 8% a year without an election.