January 2011 [PAGE: 2]

Prudent Spending Will Keep Texas Healthy

Tax-and-spend liberals would have us believe that all music, joy and laughter will fade away unless legislators hike spending and raise taxes. As we wait for the introduction of the 2012-2013 budget this evening, we can expect liberals will flow forth with tales of...

Balanced Budget Without New Taxes

Today the Texas Conservative Coalition Research Institute proposed their roadmap for how lawmakers might go about balancing the state budget without raising taxes, keeping us competitive and helping ensure economic growth in the future. It’s no secret that due...

Campaign Promises Matter

There’s a saying, “to make policy, you have to win politically” – and that is what conservatives did with distinction on November 2nd of last year. What’s yet to be seen is if the platform of limited government, less spending, and no new...

Majority Decision

Political contests shouldn’t be about personalities, but rather focused on policy outcomes; we are talking about the business and future of Texas, after all. Ironically, the first business of the House of this 82nd Legislature might be more about the people than...

Sunsetting the Sunset Commission?

During a legislative session where creating more efficiency in government is essential, some legislators are examining ways to streamline the Sunset process so that it can live up to its purpose. Rep. Gary Elkins of Houston has had enough. After observing how the...

House Sets Example For Budget Cuts

The House should be commended for the unanimous decision today to cut their office budgets across the board. By passing the HR 3 (the Housekeeping Resolution) for the 82nd Legislature, legislators lowered their operational budget allocated for salaries and other...
Conservatives’ Eyes Should Focus on Pitts

Conservatives’ Eyes Should Focus on Pitts

It seems like the more things change, the more things stay the same for Representative Jim Pitts. Rep. Pitts (R-Waxahachie), House Appropriations Chairman, announced this morning that he plans to file the current appropriations bill on Tuesday when the House...

Berman, Eltife Asked To Push Tyler Tax Increase

I’ve a perfect example for you of how even a vociferous conservative can find himself supporting a tax increase, get it through the Legislature, and get away with few ever knowing. Let’s take Leo Berman, firebrand conservative state rep. from House District 6 in...

Budget Presents Opportunity to Conservatives

Much of the buzz surrounding the 82nd Legislative Session seems to be fueled by angst over writing the next state budget and how legislators will make ends meet in the face of expected budgetary “shortfall.” Conservative legislators and Texans, however, should be...

Budget Facts Elude Politifact

Promoters of big government are pitching dark budget days ahead by claiming the state faces a $27 billion budget shortfall. Their math is built on faulty premises, and being repeated by the liberal press. Never mind their numbers don’t mesh with reality. The...