January 2011

Driver For Taxpayers

State Rep. Joe Driver today committed to stand for Texas’ taxpayers and resist any effort to raise taxes this legislative session. The Dallas County Republican is the 71st member of the 82nd Legislature to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. In signing the...

More Emergency Legislation

As most of you have probably heard by now, while speaking before thousands of Texans at the Texas Rally for Life on Saturday January, 22nd, Governor Rick Perry announced that he would be designating the “sonogram” bill as “emergency legislation.” This is fantastic...

Will House Delay Voter ID?

After the Voter ID bill cleared the Senate late Wednesday night, the media is reporting that legislation in the Texas House may face slower going. That take-it-slow approach let Voter ID, very popular with all Texas voters, get set for legislative death two years ago....

Early Legislative Snapshot

As this legislative session gears up in Austin and most of the focus so far has been on the budget and Voter ID, the stuff that fuels our once every two year flurry continues to stockpile… bills. While some look pretty good, others are down right ugly. At this point...

RRISD Needs a Coming to Jesus Moment

While Texas remains on top as the strongest economy nationwide, the state is feeling the effects of the recession. The Comptroller’s forecast indicates tax revenue will drop significantly in the next biennium, and most Republican state lawmakers are planning...

Investment or Bloat?

State agencies have spent months cutting their spending to help preserve Texas’ fiscal integrity. The Texas House is increasing the number of its committees. Is this budget bloat or a wise legislative investment? One new committee is focused on government reform, the...

Hiding Behind Kids & Teachers

As lawmakers unveiled the first draft of the 2012-2013 state budget, liberal advocacy groups wasted no time threatening teachers with the axe. Is slashing classroom spending really where to start in budget savings? Perhaps, if your primary goal is to defend government...

Protecting Taxpayers

State Representative Tim Kleinschmidt has joined the ranks of other state officials pledging to oppose tax increases. This especially important as lawmakers start to work on a tight budget amid calls for new revenues. Empower Texans / Texans for Fiscal Responsibility...

LBB’s Good, Bad & Laughable

The Legislative Budget Board recently published their recommendations to close the budget shortfall. While some suggestions will please conservatives, many others will leave them shaking their heads. For those unfamiliar, the LBB is a permanent joint committee of the...

Budget Shortfall Blown Out of Proportions!

I’m sure that you’ve all heard of the “Blame America First” crowd, but have you heard of the “Tear Texas Down” crowd? These people have emerged as a result of the recession and rather than acknowledge that a 9.4 percent unemployment is more attributable to four years...