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September 2007 [PAGE: 2]

Politician Promises

What does a political promise go for? What real value should we place on the promises of elected officials? Remember the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund tax? It was implemented back in the 1990s to fund high-speed internet wiring of rural schools,...

Unsettled Records For Taxpayers

Texas' pols can often be found busily rewriting history in advance of their ongoing campaigns; nothing new there, but, still, taxpayers should expect better. Having been confronted with the legislature's well-known inaction on the $14.3 billion surplus, some...

A Taxpayer’s Rock Star

People respond to leadership, especially when it is leadership driven by principles. It's always good to see people recognize a good thing when they've got it. And in Tarrant County, they know they've got a good legislator, who leads by principle.Early...

And How Much For The Photocopier?

Legislators failed to return the $14.3 billion surplus, giving Texans some much-needed property tax relief. But, as a consolation, now comes word that your state government is spending your money to buy a letter many experts say is a fake. Seems like bureaucrats are...

Pigs Squeal When You Stick ‘Em

How do you know you've got a pig cornered? When it starts squealing.A reporter stopped by unannounced on Wednesday. It appears several Republican lawmakers are angry that you are paying attention. They don't like the fact taxpayers and voters are now asking...

Beaumont To El Paso, Taxes Going Up

Reports keep filtering in from cities and counties across the state: local officials are jacking up property taxes. When the Legislature "bought down" school property taxes, the inevitable result was other taxing entities filing the gap created and raising...