April 2009 [PAGE: 3]

So Much For Legislative Transparency

Any thought this new Texas House would be promoting public debate and open participation, as promised by Speaker Joe Straus on taking the gavel, was dashed on Wednesday. The chairman of the House Business & Industry Committee, Joe Deshotel, engaged in the worst...

Senate Passes ‘Restrained’ Budget

The Texas Senate today passed a $182-billion, 2-year budget. The president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility praised the Senate for protecting the “Rainy Day Fund.” “In passing the budget tonight, the Senate rightly leaves untouched the Rainy Day...