March 2013

Evaporating Commitments

Evaporating Commitments

Despite widespread commitment from Republicans during last year’s election cycle to ‘preserve a strong Rainy Day Fund’ as part of the conservative Texas Budget Compact, only 15 representatives put their legislative votes where their political mouths...
‘Fresh’ Ideas for Bigger Government

‘Fresh’ Ideas for Bigger Government

Several Texas Democrats are trying to capitalize on the nation’s focus on obesity with more attempts to grow government. They want to offer government-funded loans to build grocery stores in areas with a purported lack of supermarkets to address a problem that doesn’t...
Bag the Bans

Bag the Bans

Big-government nanny-staters in the state’s capitol city are turning to a faux conservative argument in order to defend Austin’s plastic bag ban against potential intervention from the state. Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric. There is nothing conservative about...
Too Many Holes To Fill

Too Many Holes To Fill

In my two-and-a-half year odyssey through state government, the forces for more programs, more regulations, more laws, and more agencies never cease to amaze. Every day in Austin, lobbyists and special interest groups show up in my office, on my cell phone, and in my...
Texas House Voting Fraud

Texas House Voting Fraud

Not that anyone in the Legislature probably cares, but a vote on the House floor yesterday should be cause for reflection by the legislators’ employers. A vote was “cast” by a legislator… who was in the hospital and unaware his vote was being...
Gang of 33

Gang of 33

Two-thirds of the Texas House Republican caucus voted to uphold the Rule of Law and due process during debate on the House floor. Unfortunately, 33 moderate Republicans joined with the Democratic caucus to vest broad new power with an unelected state agency. In a vote...

Texas Senate cowardly on term limits bill

The Texas Senate passed, in a 27 to 4 vote, a term limits proposal that if passed by the House would go to a public Constitutional Amendment vote. Senator Kevin Eltife of Tyler defended criticism of his bill by saying “his bill doesn’t leave it to the Legislature to...
Funding Waste in Higher Ed

Funding Waste in Higher Ed

The State of Texas isn’t the only government entity using your money for venture capital schemes. The University of Texas now spends millions of public dollars “investing” in student start-up companies. Since 2011, the University of Texas has been using public dollars...