Texas House Democrats unveil $20.9 billion tax relief plan with room for renters "House Democrats on Thursday unveiled a $20.9 billion plan to deliver property tax relief to Texans through tax compression, increasing the homestead exemption and offering renters annual rebates." (Hogan Gore, Austin American-Statesman)

Developer eyes 722-acre lakeside development near Lake Georgetown "A Wyoming-based developer is eyeing a 722-acre development in Georgetown that could bring 1,500 homes and a 15-acre resort hotel to the west side of Lake Georgetown." (Justin Sayers, Austin Business Journal)

City of Houston calls 'death star' bill unconstitutional in new lawsuit "The city of Houston filed a lawsuit July 3 challenging the constitutionality of a new law in Texas that limits how cities and counties can govern themselves across a variety of government codes, including commerce and labor." (Shawn Arrajj, Community Impact)

Memo details progress, plans for African American Cultural Heritage District "The city is preparing to solicit an outside consultant to create an action plan for development of the portion of East Austin known as the African American Cultural Heritage District. Economic Development Department Director Sylnovia Holt-Rabb last month sent a memo to City Council, providing updates on development efforts for the two city-owned parcels known as blocks 16 and 18, which are currently home to the Victory Grill and Kenny Dorham’s Backyard music venues." (Chad Swiatecki, Austin Monitor)