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...