January 2013

House Chairs

House Chairs

House Speaker Joe Straus announced his committee chairs today, with little in the way of surprises. Not the least surprising was that this crop of committee chairs is slightly less fiscally responsible than the 2011 batch. Since the legislature is in session, it’s a...

Transparency in the Modern Age

Texas government, be it statewide or local, seems mired in a dilemma.  On the one hand, we have some tremendously transparent government entities (i.e., the city of Houston’s website was given an A- rating by Sunshine Review last year).  On the other, we have...
Football Folly

Football Folly

Winner of the “Most Frivolous Legislation Filed Yet” Award goes to Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City). He wants to micro-manage college football schedules of Texas A&M and the University of Texas. Mr. Guillen is a pleasant and affable fellow. Like...
Donna Howard: Let Us Spend More!

Donna Howard: Let Us Spend More!

Cut Spending! While Texas’ statewide elected officials are leading the charge to cut spending, one Austin Democrat is trying to pass a bill to allow the Legislature to spend more of your money. State Rep. Donna Howard (D – Austin) is proposing a bill to increase the...
Hispanic Future

Hispanic Future

Texas is on a path towards a Hispanic majority, a fact that should make conservatives rejoice. The Republican Party, on the other hand, will have some rough times ahead if they don’t get their act together. To the extent that the Republican Party has failed to...
Protecting Texans From ObamaCare

Protecting Texans From ObamaCare

Stop ObamaCare! An increasingly important role for the states is to serve as a bulwark against federal overreach and encroachment. Taking that role seriously is State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, who has authored legislation giving state tax credits to businesses fined...
Salaries Jump For Austin ISD Administrators

Salaries Jump For Austin ISD Administrators

Who needs teachers when you can pay for more administrators? That seems to be the prevailing attitude in Austin ISD’s central office building. The number of six-figure salary earners jumped 63 percent over the last five years, while AISD cut teachers and sued the...