April 2009

Florida’s Lege Says No

Even as the Republican-led Texas House and Senate work furiously to unravel our unemployment rules to make them more appealing to Barack Obama, Florida’s legislature rejected such efforts. My friend Adam Hasner, the Florida House Majority leader, said, “The strings...

Money For Nothing

Under legislation adopted by the Texas House yesterday, you’ll soon be paying state employees not work at their tax-funded jobs; no, you’ll be paying them to volunteer their time! The Texas House approved HB 1462 by a margin of 87-57. The legislation lets...

Distasteful Dallas Spending Heads To The Polls

On May 9th Dallas taxpayers will decide the fate of the City’s involvement in the construction of a convention center hotel. The Dallas Morning News reports that opponents of the Dallas Convention Center hotel are winning but there are several grow government...

Texas’ Earmark King And Queen

Who wants to be the ruling couple of earmarks in Texas? What first family of waste would build a Texas-size bridge to nowhere? Behold the heftiest of the special-interest spenders: State Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) and State Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine). She wants to...

Taxes And Fees In Transportation

We knew it was coming. The John Carona tax beast, SB855, is now getting heard in the Texas House, thanks to Rep. Vicki Truitt. That’ll happen tomorrow. Every conservative taxpayer group has taken a stand against these bills. Besides raising taxes and fees, they...

Budget Boneheads

House members will begin debating the state budget today, and while we offered strong praise for the version adopted by the Appropriations Committee, liberal lawmakers are ready to unravel that work with a series of amendments that will spend more and grow government....

Threatening Government

The removal of a witness yesterday during a senate committee hearing was startling but not without cause. The man was making physical threats and disturbing the day-to-day operations of the Senate. A similar situation played out on the 9th at a Duncanville city...