October 2012

Even More Money For Education Needed?

Even More Money For Education Needed?

Texas schools are failing to educate kids, so they need more money, right? Of course not, but that isn’t stopping a school finance expert claiming that school districts need $8 billion more per year than what the state has already appropriated. Mind you, expert Lynn...
Indebted by the Status Quo

Indebted by the Status Quo

A report released last week by Comptroller Susan Combs details a startling trend among school districts to take on debt – with little to show for it. And despite what the big-spenders in Austin and our public educations system may have you believe, this pattern...
Taxpayer (Bio)hazard

Taxpayer (Bio)hazard

Self-described “one tough grandma” Carole Keeton Strayhorn, former Austin mayor turned Republican comptroller turned independent gubernatorial candidate, is back in the news. She’s now supporting a massive tax hike in Travis County to fund (depending on who you ask) a...

A Little Debt Context

Yesterday, Comptroller Susan Combs released another earth-shattering report, this one focused on education debt.  The statistics within are just as incredible as you might imagine.  Public school districts in Texas are responsible for 33% of Texas’ local debt,...
Bad Company

Bad Company

Incumbent House Speaker Joe Straus has some interesting people raising money for him. Signing a Joe Straus fundraising letter circulating this week is Kenny Jastrow, the disgraced former CEO of Temple-Inland and board member of Guaranty Bank who presided over “one of...
Who Needs Teachers?

Who Needs Teachers?

While two-thirds of Texas’ school districts are suing the state for more “education” money, a new report shows that those same school districts are three times more likely to hire “administrators and other staff” than teachers. A new report from the Friedman...
Gas Tax Hikers Still Among GOP Ranks

Gas Tax Hikers Still Among GOP Ranks

On Monday, the Republican Party of Texas came to the defense of HD 136 GOP candidate Tony Dale, after both his Democratic and Libertarian candidates have gone on record supporting higher gas taxes. While it comes as no surprise that the RPT would defend one of it’s...
Emerging Tech Fund Still Ineffective

Emerging Tech Fund Still Ineffective

With another company filing bankruptcy after receiving millions of taxpayer dollars from the Emerging Technology Fund, Texans have one more reason to call for the end of all the state’s corporate welfare programs. Terrabon, Inc, a Houston-based bioenergy producer,...