May 2011

Another Chance For Budget Transparency

Legislators have another chance to bring common sense reform to the budget writing process. SB 1811, the fiscal matters bill that was a key piece of the budget, died at the hands of a Democrat filibuster on Sunday, including attached language that would make the...

A Reactive Legislature

Despite a budget (that almost passed) without new taxes, this legislature generally did little to advance a proactive conservative fiscal agenda. Much of their work was reactive, even with an historic super-majority in the House. Not surprisingly, legislators ended...

Killing Calendar Means Costly Special

Taxpayers delivered a strong message, urging fiscal restraint and responsible budgeting. But some lawmakers decided to ignore the call and are forcing the state into a special session that could cost taxpayers a million dollars or more. Or a lot more. While the state...

Legislature Passes 2012-13 Budget

The Texas House and Senate today passed the 2012-2013 budget. It is a tangible demonstration that a majority of legislators heard the message voters were sending in November, and have continued to send all session. Texans expected a budget that reasonably lives within...

Health Care Compact Looking Strong

As the legislative session comes to a close, rumors are more numerous than facts. But one sure fact is that the much-needed Health Care Compact is on track for adoption in the Lone Star State. State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst and state Sen. Jane Nelson deserve great credit...

Corruption Plaguing Border Town Over Water Rights

It might not seem that newsworthy to the rest of the state, but an issue of taxation without representation is picking up lots of headlines in the Rio Grande Valley. SB 978, authored by State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa and sponsored by State Representative Veronica...

More Money Going To Public Ed

According to the House-Senate Conference Committee working on Texas’ new budget, state funding for public education will increase by $125 million in 2012-2013. At a time when the “informed” class in Austin decries all reductions to government spending as...

Media: Voters Are Ill-Informed Children

Here’s more evidence you are upsetting the status quo in Austin: the media is complaining about the impact you’re having on legislators! The managing editor of one publication said this week that voters like you are “children” who legislators need to tell...