May 2011 [PAGE: 2]

El Paso ISD Superintendent Defends Administrative Bloat

El Paso ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lorenzo Garcia, came out in opposition to taxpayers’ interest in cutting outside the classroom, despite the administrative bloat found in the district. ABC-7 compared El Paso ISD data regarding the district’s staff and salaries to...

Conservative Budget Won’t Be Derailed Now

As the Texas Legislature and the budget deal seem to be breaking down over school finance, Senator Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) is going to the mat to iron out the differences and deliver what is necessary. Late last night when the House’s school finance bill was...

College-Level Scam

Apparently our state’s colleges and universities don’t have enough to do, so they’re trying to get permission to compete with private-sector telecomm providers. Given how little time so many university employees devote to students, at ever rising tuition rates, one...

Taxpayers: Legislators Heard You!

Tonight’s budget agreement between the House and Senate is a big win for Texas’ taxpayers, and the future strength of the state’s economy. Legislators demonstrated tonight that they heard the November message loud and clear. Voters demanded fiscal...

Is A Budget Deal Near?

As the close of the legislative session approaches, it appears a deal is nearly done on a 2012-2013 state budget that reflects more closely the conservative principles taxpayers have been demanding from lawmakers. While no firm details have yet been released, it...

Why Does Higher Ed Oppose Stewardship?

Texas’ universities have a dirty little secret: they don’t want taxpayers, parents or students looking too closely at their books. And they certainly don’t want to answer questions about performance. It would seem the high priests of academia —...

Thousands Of Letters Delivered To Capitol

More than 5,000 letters are being delivered from taxpayers living around the state to their legislators. They are asking lawmakers to adopt a 2012-2013 budget that does not spend beyond the state’s fiscal means, raise taxes, or use the state’s Rainy Day Fund....

Dutton’s prisoner redistricting lawsuit is absurd

Houston Democrat Harold Dutton isn’t ashamed to admit that his community and Harris County as a whole spawn a ton of criminals. But as with most lefties, Dutton is so concerned with political power that the he doesn’t care how bad a light the facts of his...

Senate Digs Deeper Into RDF

By a vote of 30 to 1, the Texas Senate today passed their version of HB 275 which taps the state’s rainy day fund for the current biennium. They are withdrawing $800 million more than the House. Remember, that draw is to fund the current 2010-2011 budget’s...

No Reason For A Special Session

State Sen. Steve Ogden is telling the press today that a special session focused on the budget is in the cards. Sounds like someone may be giving up rather than getting down to work. We should expect more from the Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. A...