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February 2011 [PAGE: 2]

Duncan on statewide school property tax

On yesterday’s Pratt on Texas, Senate State Affairs chairman Robert Duncan, SD28, explained his position on a statewide, as opposed to the existing local, property tax for public education funding. The total interview is about 10 minutes long. You can listen...

Fiscal Recklessness Threatens US

For nearly all of us, the size of the national debt is all but unimaginable. If you counted off 14.1 trillion seconds, it would take 447,000 years. Printing 14.1 trillion dollar bills would weigh more than 15 million tons – or, the weight of 136 aircraft carriers the...

Education Spending: Texas vs. California

We Texans love to compare ourselves with California; we have created more private sector jobs, have a lower tax burden and lower unemployment rate, and folks are leaving the formerly ‘Golden’ State in droves to seek Lone Star prosperity. Without a doubt,...

Jump-Start the Volt?

One more industry is about to affix itself to the taxpayer’s already-abused wallet. The City of Austin is looking at plans to subsidize electric car charging stations, providing charge-ups on the taxpayer dime via the federal government.   This week the City of...

An Open Letter to Parents

As you know, due to the projected reduction in tax revenues from the recent economic crisis, Texas must reduce the size of its $87 billion biennial budget by approximately $15 billion. Currently, 40% of Texas’ budget is dedicated to funding public and higher...

SB600: Typical Liberal Fear Mongering

On Friday, February 11, freshman State Senator Jose Rodriguez (D – El Paso) filed SB600 which is basically the antithesis of Arizona’s SB1070 and then some. If passed, which I highly doubt (it’ll be lucky if it’s even assigned to a committee), SB600 would prohibit...

Surveying The Art Of Lost Money

Is there an art to losing track of the taxpayers’ money: just ask the Texas Arts Commission. Texas Watchdog’s Mark Lisheron reminds us that the agency “was criticized for a longstanding inability to keep track of its funding” in a report by the...

Running to Government brings less Liberty

This past weekend the Associated Press reported that the “father of a Texas A&M junior who died of bacterial meningitis says he plans to push the Legislature to require that all students at Texas universities be vaccinated against the fast-moving infection.” His...

Committee Assignments . . . Finally!

Being a political novice, I didn’t know that assigning House committees would take this long, but then again, there are 37 freshmen in the Texas House. Things were already going well in Texas when Republicans achieved a supermajority in the House with 101 members out...