May 2011 [PAGE: 3]

Senate Finance Spends Irresponsibly

Some members of the Texas Senate just can’t keep their hands out of the rainy day fund. The Senate Finance Committee voted today to take even more money out of the fund than the House did to pay for current operations. You’ll recall that the Texas House...

Senate End-Run on the RDF

Having already lost once, liberals in the Senate are taking another stab at tapping the Rainy Day fund. Today the Texas Senate allowed Senator Royce West to late-file legislation that would raid the state’s Rainy Day Fund for $2 Billion. The official filing...

Anything But Efficient

Usually “expanding efficiency” means streamlining and saving money. When the government is involved, more often than not, the opposite is true. Recently the Senate has passed and the House has passed on second reading SB 1125 which purports to expand...

Senate Fails Higher Ed Transparency Test

Texans should be well aware of the ever-growing movement to bring more transparency to the state’s institutions of higher education with Governor Perry leading the charge. Unfortunately, the Texas Senate failed the test of upholding accountability for our public...

Call Off Revenue Hunt

It’s telling that lawmakers are so busily pursuing new revenues this week, while the Appropriations Committee has refused to allow legislation to the floor that would limit future government growth. Conservatives should be worried about such priorities....

Make Spending Limits Real

This legislative session has revealed the importance of keeping a tight control over government spending in good times, so that bad times aren’t nearly so rough. But with just days left in Texas’ legislative session, hopes are dimming for such reform unless lawmakers...

Who Opposes College Transparency?

A Texas senator is staunchly defending the higher education establishment by opposing efforts to make college more affordable and accessible. That’s bad news for working families and students struggling to pay tuition. According to news reports, State Sen. Judith...

Stood Up And Won

Conservative senators stood up to the big spenders and won. They protected the state’s rainy day fund from misuse and put the state on the right trajectory for a fiscally responsible budget. Texas’ taxpayers were heard, loud and clear, during the budget process in...

Senate “tradition” or Constitutional requirement?

Democrats are upset in the Texas Senate as Republicans set aside the Senate tradition of requiring the approval of two-thirds of the members before a bill can be voted upon by the body. “We were not sent down here to preserve the two-thirds rule. We were sent here to...

Ogden Removes RDF From Senate Proposal

Senate Finance Chairman Steve Ogden announced on the chamber’s floor today he would remove use of the Rainy Day Fund as an automatic financing method for the 2012-2013 budget. The president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility offered the following statement. “We...