June 2011

Sen. Duncan was for it, before he killed it.

On Tuesday Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a tersely worded statement blaming State Senator Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) for the failure of Sanctuary Cities legislation within SB 1 in the Called Session. “As the special session appears to be winding down, I am...

Index: Legislature’s Wasted Opportunity

In a legislative session controlled by a rhetorically conservative super-majority, they accomplished the bare fiscal minimum but did little to control future government growth. This is reflected on the 2011 Fiscal Responsibility Index, with legislators averaging a...

Texas Monthly: Disclosure-Free Zone

Most journalists try to avoid conflicts of interests, or at least disclose such fully and repeatedly. Texas Monthly apparently doesn’t adhere to such a practice as their executive editor regularly opposes higher education reform without disclosing his financial...

Who Needs Teachers When You Can Hire More Administrators?

It seems a $100,000 Public Relations Director isn’t enough for Austin ISD, a school district that recently fired hundreds of teachers to close a $95 million budget gap. Now, they want three more coordinators in the same department, all with salaries at or above what a...

Table Massage, With Pampering Free

Ever wonder what’s involved with being a “Tier One” university? Bet you didn’t know it included offering table massages with “extra pampering.” The University of Texas is this week offering table messages with “extra pampering” this week. According to the...
Tax Hike Protections

Tax Hike Protections

Here’s another California vs. Texas comparison: One state requires a 2/3 majority of both legislative chambers to pass a tax increase, and one state attempted to create the same type of taxpayer protection, but couldn’t even get it to the floor for a vote. Sadly, it’s...

Taxpayers Won’t Be Bullied

Threatening to fire teachers didn’t work in the Keller Independent School District this weekend, where taxpayers rejected a massive 13-cent property tax hike bureaucrats wanted to impose. Local officials blamed state officials, saying legislators weren’t providing all...