June 2008 [PAGE: 2]

More Affordable Fords Can Help Texas Counties Economize

Dallas County is facing a budget shortfall of $20 to $30 million, largely because they have gotten used to increasing spending at double-digit rates, but for the first time in years, appraisal increases didn’t quite keep up. Commissioners are looking for...

It’s Time To Abolish School M&O Taxes

For decades the school property tax that funds “maintenance and operations” has been causing troubles for taxpayers — skyrocketing burdens, lawsuits and confusion. Legislators, taxpayers, school boards and judges have all taken cracks at reforming a...

Dewhurst Suggests Repeal Of Business Tax

The business tax may not have long to live. Apparently the state’s lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, rattled a rather formidable saber last week at a business group meeting in Austin, saying he’d like to consider a repeal of the gross margins tax passed...

Job Growth In Texas

Found a fun fact in a mailer from Gov. Rick Perry today. Over the last 12 months, Texas has seen 262,000 jobs created — 95 percent in the private sector. Compare that to the national scene, 462,000 jobs were created — and half of which were government...

Roadway Sunlight

Missed by almost everyone in the media feeding frenzy of stories about the Texas Department of Transportation is a rather substantive effort underway that could prove beneficial to taxpayers in the near future. New TxDOT Commission Chairwoman Dierdre Delisi appointed...