May 2009

New Taxes & Fees? Almost Dead

It appears that the members of the Legislature have heard will of the overwhelming number of Texans who understand that now is not the time to impose new taxes and fees on Texas’ economy. Texans clearly want the Legislature to address Texas’ transportation...

Lobby Pay Day

What does it cost to get legislators to betray their taxpayers and hike taxes in an economic downturn? Just ask the lobbyists at HillCo, who seem to have made about $17,800 per legislator voting against Texans. According to Ethics filings, HillCo is getting something...

Dallas Morning News Admits It Is Taxpayer Unfriendly

In a blog posting this afternoon, Dallas Morning News editorial writer Rodger Jones admits his position in support of heavy increases on gasoline and new motor vehicle fees isn’t friendly to taxpayers. His admission came in a posting cheering on the pro-tax...

Texas Monthly’s Best As Texas’ Worst?

Most conservatives have in recent years come to suspect that Texas Monthly’s “Ten Best” legislators list is little more than a compilation of the biggest shills for big government. Now comes proof. In a May 26 posting on the “BurkaBlog,” Texas Monthly writer Patricia...

Gasing Up Taxes

While House Democrats have been busily chubbing up the Calendar, the Texas Senate was preparing a sneak-attack on the taxpayers’ wallets. State Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) has tacked his Senate Bill 855 — allowing the imposition of new gas taxes and fees...

Locally Misinformed

Conservatives tend to think local government is better because it is, well, local. But is that a reasonable assumption, if the Local spending is hidden from view and bureaucrats don’t accurately report results? I recently gave a speech in which the topic of...

Who Says They Don’t Listen?

Anyone who thinks lawmakers don’t move to fix unintended problems in legislative initiatives should see what State Rep. Jerry Madden of Plano did. He took what could have accidentially been a joke on the taxpayers, and fixed it to become a cost-saving initiative...

Is The Gas-Tax Hike Dead?

If the Austin American-Statesman is to be believed, “votes are not there in the House” to push the 125% tax hike. That’s a direct result of the effective pressure folks have been applying! But don’t get too cocky: the measure lives… State...

Defining Tax Irony

Leading the push for higher gas taxes is State Rep. Vicki Truitt (R-Southlake). Last fall she wrote her constituents decrying “electricity rates and high fuel prices. (We are all feeling the pinch.) … my office is already working on legislation to...