July 2008

Obama’s Texas Plans

Further confirmation that Barack Obama will be dumping millions of dollars into Texas was noted in the Houston Chronicle this week. His goal isn’t to win Texas this year, but to swing state house and senate seats so his chosen candidates will gerrymander the...

Where Your Education Money Goes

Teachers in north Texas are spending tax dollars for retreats at the Gaylord Texan resort and convention center in nearby Grapevine. They’ll be staying at the expensive convention complex, hearing from motivational speakers, and blowing a big wad of cash...

Superintendent Spend-n-Whine Fest

Houston had a lot of expensive whine this week — from money-hungry superintendents intent on spending a lot more of your money. And they’ll spend every dollar they can get. Since 2000, public school revenues have grown 60 percent, even though the student...

Clearly The Fiscal Creek Is Rising

Taxpayers in Clear Creek Independent School District, in Galveston County, are facing a $9.2 million tax hike. The superintendent, with a straight face, tells the local newspaper the schools have “exercised significant restraint.” Sounds nice, but...

NCSL Round-Up

Unlike most states, Texas is fairing fairly well the national economic downturn. That was the presentation State Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton) made last week at the National Conference of State Legislatures. He was quick to note that this is due to a host of factors in...

Taxing Ignorance

Thousands of Texans are supporting efforts to abolish the school property tax and replace it with a fair sales tax… But you’d never know it from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal today, which not only misrepresents the effort and its background, but lets...

Relish This

As part of an effort to trim the county budget, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is cutting condiments from the budget. Prisoners will have to go without mustard, ketchup, sweeteners and jelly — saving taxpayers $150,000. Her office might also charge inmates...

When Times Are Tough, Tax-n-Spend Away

School districts around the state are crying poverty — and hiking your taxes. But just like the studies showing how many welfare recipients own DVD players, cell phones and late-model cars, we would be wise as taxpayers to start demanding a little cleaner view...

That’s Some Banjo Hall

Taxpayers in Midland and Odessa — along with the rest of us — are shelling out big bucks for a new “performing arts” center to be built between the two cities. The facility, which is described as standing “90 feet tall at its center, far...