October 2008

State Planes Take Taxpayers for a Ride

A new State Auditor’s report finds that the use of state planes has cost taxpayers $1.4 million from May 2007 to May 2008. For example, a flight from Austin to Dallas cost $990 a person that would have been $248 roundtrip on Southwest with no advance purchase....

Herrero Milks Medicaid Despite Constitutional Prohibition

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility is calling on State Rep. Abel Herrero to forfeit all proceeds a company owned by his wife has received from the state Medicaid program.At a press conference in Corpus Christi, TFR president Michael Quinn Sullivan provided copies of...

Humble ISD Begging for More Money

It is aggravating when superintendents ask for more money because they are operating with a deficit but it’s infuriating when they ask for it while operating with a surplus! That is the name of the game in Humble ISD where Superintendent Dr. Guy Sconzo is begging tax...

College Irresponsibility

Colleges students have been eager to complain about the rising cost of tuition, but students at the University of North Texas last week voted to hike their per-hour fees to pay for a new football field. Of course, they actually voted for a fee that won’t go into...

Texas is number 1!

No, not the University of Texas football team, the State of Texas according to a piece by the Financial Times of London. Texas was ranked number one in its measured ability to weather the current economic downturn based on four economic indicators. Texas leads the...

Early Voting….The Good and Bad

In just the few days that early voting has been available to there has been a huge spike in early voting in Tarrant County from the 2004 election. According to the Arlington Star-Telegram, early voting is up nearly 51,000 from four years prior in the 2004 election...

Bolton’s Memory

State Rep. Valinda Bolton (D-47) is a pleasant lady, but she seems to have a spotty memory. Her campaign sent out an e-mail this week claiming she beat former State Rep. Terry Keel two years ago. Facts are so pesky: Terry Keel retired from the Texas House, gave up the...

Palmer ISD Embraces Transparency

Palmer ISD, located south of Dallas, is putting their check register online for all to see. Superintendent Alan Oakley told me that “it only makes sense” for taxpayers to see how their dollars are being spent. He said that since the technology exists, taxpayers should...

School District Votes For Budget Limit!

Midlothian ISD voted this week to limit their budget growth to inflation and enrollment growth! This marks a tremendous victory for taxpayers and should become a model for school districts around the state. Joey Dauben, news editor of the Ellis County Press, is going...

Unions v People

The orwellian-named “Parent PAC” (which actively opposes parent involvement in the education of their children) has unsurprisingly endorsed the liberal lawyer in El Paso’s H.D. 78 race. They are apparently the only ones. The El Paso Times reports the...