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Dade-Phelan-Dan-Patrick-California-nickame-Texas-property-tax-billsLast week at the Capitol, a battle between the Texas House and the Senate over competing plans to cut Texans’ property taxes grew more contentious. Specifically, the men who run each legislative chamber went from giving each other the silent treatment—the tactic they appear to have favored throughout the majority of the session—to bickering in public, taking potshots at each other and their preferred bills on TV and social media. It came to a head on Tuesday, when Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who controls the Senate, unveiled a new nickname for House Speaker and Beaumont native Dade Phelan: “California Dade.” The lieutenant governor prefers a plan that would raise the homestead exemption—the amount of a property’s value not subject to school property tax—from $40,000 to $70,000.…

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