December 2006 [PAGE: 2]

Killing the Business Tax…

 When Texas lawmakers instituted the “gross margins” business tax, it is a safe bet they didn’t expect trail-lawyer-extraordinaire Mark Lanier to sue them over it. But that’s exactly what he’s planning on doing, according to today’s Houston...

Houston Chronicle notes TFR

The Houston Chronicle's Janet Elliott noted in her blog this week the creation of TFR.December 05, 2006Too much of a good thingReturning the state budget surplus to taxpayers will be job one for a newly formed advocacy group. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility,...

DallasBlog notes TFR’s launch

DallasBlog.com contributor (and editor of the Lone Star Report) Will Lutz noted the formation of TFR in a posting this morning. You can read his post here. TEXANS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY FORMED Michael Quinn Sullivan, formerly vice president of the Texas Public...

Austin American-Statesman notes TFR formation

On the "Postcards from the Lege" section of the Statesman's website, reporter Mike Ward noted the formation of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. Check out his actual posting here. Fiscal policy watchdog formsBy Mike Ward | Tuesday, December 5, 2006,...

Sullivan to lead Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

New organization offers vision, leadership on tax relief, spending reformsAdvocacy efforts focused on promoting sound fiscal policy among lawmakers, taxpayersAUSTIN, Texas – Unveiled in Austin today is a new organization, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, developed...

State Auditor: Higher Ed High on the Hog

Today, the Texas State Auditor released a detailed report on the number of full-time equivalent employees in state government.  The central conclusion of the report is that, while state agencies have reduced their number of FTE's by 8.4 percent since 1997, higher...

Associated Press Reports New Business Tax Already Broken

Because the business income tax passed by the Legislature in their last special session does not go into effect until next year, businesses have yet to start emptying their pockets and cutting jobs to pay it.  However, the Associated Press reports today in the...

TFR Urges the LBB to Fix the Spending Limit

On November 27, the Legislative Budget Board held a hearing on the constitutional spending limit, but postponed actually setting the cap until the first week in January 2007.  On November 26, we sent the letter below to all members of the Legislative Budget Board,...