September 2011

Why didn’t Dewhurst act on in-state tuition?

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst is out running for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate and in appearances in both Lubbock and Abilene, various parts of the illegal immigration issue came up. In Lubbock, on KFYO radio, Rex Andrew seemed to stump Dewhurst on the question of...

The More Things Change…

Residents of House District 11 must be tired of keeping track of what side of the fence their state representative Chuck Hopson sits on. It was only four years ago that Rep. Hopson claimed membership in the Democratic Party. Now after switching to the GOP, Rep. Hopson...

Is Amendment VI worth the risk?

On November 8th we vote on ten Texas Constitutional Amendments which do everything from allowing more bond debt to changing election law. Amendment six clarifies language that lets the General Land Office distribute more revenue from the permanent school fund to...

TRAIN Act Would Right EPA Wrongs

There has been much discussion on Capitol Hill this week surrounding legislation that could provide temporary relief to energy providers across the country. The TRAIN Act – or Transparency in Regulatory Analysis of Impacts on the Nation Act of 2011 – would mandate...

Senatorial Shift

With four Republican retiring, perhaps two more Republicans vulnerable to primary challenges, and a Democrat heading for defeat, the Texas Senate will look a lot better in 2013. Each outgoing senator is likely to be replaced by conservatives TFR has previously...

The fleeting joy of tax rate cuts

Tax rate cuts are like bluebonnets – temporary and sometimes non-existent beauties that fade with the season.  Even when tax rates are cut in one taxing entity, other entities will often hike your rate, and it is likely your appraisal goes up as well, making any...