April 2011

Senate’s Misplaced Fear

Texas senators seem to believe they’re members of an exclusive club, rather than elected public servants. Speaking for the club this week, State Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan), chair of the Finance Committee, told the press it “has always been … pretty hard to...

Back-Stopping the Budget?

With the Texas Senate poised to pass a budget that lives beyond the taxpayers’ means, the left is howling that the Republican-controlled body isn’t driving Texas fast-enough off a big-enough cliff. Unfortunately, the GOP budget response may not be much better. As...

Is the Austin ISD School Board Tone-Deaf?

The Austin ISD Board of Trustees recently approved an expenditure of $4 million from bonds to purchase land for a new performing arts center in central Austin. After they just fired hundreds of teachers, taxpayers should be wondering how they justify the commitment to...

Mapping the House

Usually, it’s voters who decide who’ll represent them, but once a decade legislators decided on the boundaries of their House districts. While necessary to align districts for population shifts, very often the drawing also serves to punish foes and reward...

Exercise In Irresponsibility

The Senate Finance Committee took the easy way out in crafting a budget that exceeds the taxpayers’ means. Rather than prioritize spending within available revenues, the committee is choosing to tap the rainy day fund and use other one-time revenue sources to...

Line Item Limbo

Commonsense, bi-partisan measures have been presented that would clarify the budget writing and reporting process, providing much needed transparency to a Texas budgetary format marked by a quagmire of confusion. Currently the ins and outs of the Texas Budget are...

No Spending Limits

Conservatives of all stripes agree on the need to limit the unchecked growth of government, and a year that has lawmakers tightening the state’s belt anyway seems like a good time to champion such commonsense, pro-taxpayer legislation. Yet, House leaders are...

Senate’s Business-Killer

In what might one day be a textbook example of how to ruin a comparably prosperous state’s economy, the Texas Senate could be considering a business income tax in the very near future. Taking such a reckless action amounts to political and economic suicide....

Fixing the ObamaCare Mess

From the unsustainable expansion of entitlements and spending to the colossal national debt and a nearly indiscernible tax code, Washington has a habit of taking control of things and promptly making a mess of them. Calls needed today for House Bill 5! NEW FEATURE:...

Road Block For Crony Capitalism?

Investors trying to speed off with the taxpayers’ money hit a roadblock late last week: State Sen. Dan Patrick. He struck a blow against the proposed $25 million earmark to subsidize construction of a Formula One racetrack. The hyped project in southwestern...