April 2010

Eltife Carries Obama’s Water, Until 2012

Senator Kevin Eltife was in Austin yesterday rehashing his failed effort to raise taxes last session. That’s an interesting move in these political times. Here’s the quick summary of the fight. During the session $555 million in Unemployment Insurance...

Arizona’s SB 1070

So I’m sure this is going to ruffle some feathers, but I both approve and disapprove of Arizona’s SB 1070. I understand that this may be confusing, but though I agree that this bill is a step in the right direction, I do not think it will end up...

Beware The Broadband Boondoggle

It seems almost quaint, that $434 hammer from the Pentagon’s procurement scandal of the 1980s. Taxpayers were outraged by the revelation that federal bureaucrats spent hundreds of dollars for everyday items found at a fraction of the cost at a local hardware store. As...

Endorsement In Senate District 22

As voters prepare to begin early voting in the May 8 special election for Texas Senate District 22, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Empower Texans endorsed Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell. “Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell is the kind of courageous conservative Texans need...

Build It and They Will Pay

State wide area transit authorities have been making headlines for their poor budgeting and planning. That means they are operating business as usual and taxpayers are going to be left holding the bill. Last week it was Houston’s Metro taking some deserved heat for...

TCEQ and public school budgets

The headline: School budgets hanging on TCEQ decision. The story from the Austin newspaper goes on to explain that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has a decision to make which “could strike a major blow to the budgets of many school districts that will...