April 2013

Horribly Ineffective Hilderbran

Horribly Ineffective Hilderbran

When Harvey Hilderbran was put in charge of the House tax writing committee, he said he’d bring relief to Texans. A report in today’s Austin American Statesman shows tax cuts are nowhere in sight. That he’s having trouble selling the near super-majority of...
Busting The Cap, Without Relief

Busting The Cap, Without Relief

When members of the Texas House meet on Monday, they will take the next-to-last step in busting the state’s spending cap. This coming in a session that has produced no lasting budget reforms and no real tax relief, despite a biennium with the largest jump in state...
Senate: Extreme Irresponsibility

Senate: Extreme Irresponsibility

Remember when everyone thought the Texas Senate would be the fiscal grown-ups this Session? Well, this week saw those hopes set on fire as senators voted unanimously to set the state on a collision course with a downgraded credit rating. Texas Senate The Senate voted...
House Moves Closer to Medicaid Expansion

House Moves Closer to Medicaid Expansion

Say NO to Expansion! Despite numerous repudiations by the GOP rank and file, leadership in the Texas House continue to move closer to Medicaid expansion. A bill authored by a key Straus lieutenant pushing for a “Texas Solution” will now see the light of day on the...
Sins of Omission and Commission

Sins of Omission and Commission

Thanks to their legislative leadership, conservative House members are preparing to go home with no wins, no fights and not much of a record. It’s quite a campaign slogan the House leadership is asking them to adopt: “I did nothing I promised, and we attempted even...
Perry Calls for Tax Cuts on Tax Day

Perry Calls for Tax Cuts on Tax Day

In honor of Tax Day, Gov. Rick Perry announced this afternoon his specific proposal for tax cuts  — calling for permanent exemptions and lower rates for the state’s business tax. Gov. Rick PerryThe Austin-American Statesman reports that Gov. Perry specifically...