May 2009 [PAGE: 2]

Abridging Rights In Texas

New Video: What other constitutional rights will the Legislature abridge? State Rep. Todd Smith, five other Republicans and all the Democrats voted to limit political speech last week. Watch the video on our YouTube channel.

Will Dallas Cut The Lobbyists?

Dallas city council members are facing a $190 million deficit, and much hand-wringing is going on about which services to cut. One expense that should, but won’t, be touched is the half-million in taxpayer dollars being used to lobby for more taxes and fewer limits on...

Pro-Taxpayer Groups Oppose 125% Gas Tax Hike Proposal

In these final weeks of the session, the Texas Legislature is poised to adopt an approach that could permit the gas tax to skyrocket from 20 cents to 45 cents per gallon. These new transportation tax proposals passed by the House Transportation Committee are being...

More Education Mandates: Dems Plus RINOs Merritt & Smith

For all the whining Democrats do about unfunded mandates on public education, they sure don’t mind implementing them. The Texas House voted last night on legislation mandating that every public and private high school principle designate four people as deputy...

Saying No To Property Taxes

We now know who is, and isn’t, serious about weaning Texas from oppressive property taxes. The Texas House narrowly stopped a constitutional amendment that would have allowed more entities to claim a piece of your property, and your wallet. According to the...

5, 15, 254

During last night’s debate over the future of the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas House approved an amendment that would change the Transportation Commission from five appointed members to 15 elected members. What a mess that would be. State Rep....

Scoring The Legislature

We’ve begun putting together the Fiscal Responsibility Index for this 81st Session. Obviously four weeks are left and a lot of legislation remains unheard, but the picture we’re seeing isn’t a good one. (Updated May 11.) Our goal is to create an...

House Passes Small-Business Tax Relief

Small business owners will get a little breathing room with passage of House Bill 4765, authored by taxpayer champions Ken Paxton of McKinney, Bill Callegari of Katy and Brandon Creighton of Conroe. The measure raises the margins tax exemption from $300,000 to $1...