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February 2013 [PAGE: 2]

Friday Night Diets

Friday Night Diets

Texas high school Booster clubs are the next targets of big brother. Their crime? Not selling enough healthy food at concession stands, subjecting them to stiff fines from the state. As most of us know, high school sports are huge in Texas. And so are high school...
No One Would Be Watching

No One Would Be Watching

Government accountability is a pesky thing. Taxpayers deserve it. Politicians promise it. But when the entrenched bureaucracy balks, legislators quiver and cower. That seems to be the case playing out in higher education right now. A little background. Regents at the...

Missouri City to Impose “Crash Tax”

Be extra careful when you drive through the Houston suburb of Missouri City!  Starting in March, those drivers at fault in car crashes will be charged as much as $2000, to pay for first responders.  This fee is being imposed by the Missouri City Fire Department....
Playing On Your Dime

Playing On Your Dime

It’s a harmless tradition, Texas lawmakers taking off a few hours to play football. Yes, they do it during the work-day and on your dime. Still, think of it this way: that’s one day they won’t be raiding the rainy day fund, sneaking into your pocket, or regulating...
Chartering Better Education

Chartering Better Education

For all the talk about education reform, one of the best options can be found in the state’s unsung academic heroes: the charter schools. Correctly utilized, they provide meaningful opportunities for driving improvement by increasing the options available to...
Austin Surplus Spending

Austin Surplus Spending

Austin City Council members were seeing dollar signs earlier today, thanks to a $14.3 million surplus. So what did they do with the extra tax dollars? Spent it, of course! Thanks mainly to higher than expected sales tax revenue, the City of Austin has extra cash on...