June 2007

Texas Hotel Taxes Enough to Make You Lose Sleep

Found this revealing tidbit on the Austin American-Statesman's entertainment pages:  Those hotel occupancy taxes in Texas’ big cities are so high they’ll give you a nosebleed. Example: My $279 stay at the lovely Granduca Hotel in Houston a few days ago...

TFR Praises Perry For Using Line-Item Veto Pen

The president pf Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Michael Quinn Sullivan, praised Texas Governor Rick Perry for striking more than a half-billion dollars in spending from the legislature’s budget. “We applaud Governor Perry for courageously standing up...
Governor Signs Pro-Taxpayer Legislation Into Law

Governor Signs Pro-Taxpayer Legislation Into Law

In signing two pieces of legislation today, Texas Governor Rick Perry and the Legislature delivered on two elements of the sound fiscal agenda promoted by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and supported by thousands of voters and taxpayers. The governor today announced...

Legislature Bombs In Fiscal Rating

Just how did the legislative session go? We’ll be releasing a full legislative score card soon, but overall, this legislative session was a bust. The cumulative score of all members of the Texas House and Texas Senate, on fiscal issues, was an abysmal 52%. Meaning?...

Tearing Down Walls, Advancing Liberty

It was 20 years ago today, on June 12, 1987, that Ronald Reagan stood at the Brandenburg Gate, in West Berlin, and uttered perhaps the most important words of the 20th Century. He said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! … Yes, across Europe, this wall...

Defending the Spendoholics?

On the website, in e-mails, and recent speeches, TFR hasn’t been bashful about calling out the Tax-and-Spenders infesting the Republican Party’s legislative delegation. By their actions (stopping additional tax relief, preventing tax reform, sponsoring tax hikes,...

Frustrated Taxpayers

Sitting in the back of the Laredo auditorium on Wednesday night, I was struck by the level of frustration. These were hard-working folks I was listening to, most arrived in pick-ups and older cars; none belonged to a country club.  The event was a free training...