May 2013

Letter to Governor Rick Perry

Letter to Governor Rick Perry

To the Honorable Rick Perry, Governor of the State of Texas: The just-ended legislative session grows government too much and offers too little tax relief. Download PDF of letter to Gov. Perry. Call his office at (512) 463-4630.The 83rd Texas Legislature appropriated...

Competency and Competition

By: Owen Stroud The number of Texas school district superintendents with six-figure salaries has reached an all-time high. For the past two years, school districts statewide have taken a few steps to slash appropriations and eliminate jobs in the face of state budget...
Adding ESF to Endowment to the Call

Adding ESF to Endowment to the Call

The Legislature may be using the special session to talk about redistricting maps for the next week or so, but that isn’t stopping two state senators from throwing out ideas for generating more transportation funding. State Senators Tommy Williams (R – The Woodlands)...
Session Ends With A Wince

Session Ends With A Wince

With all key pieces of the budget puzzle squarely in place, the regular session of the 83rd Regular Session adjourned sine die (“without another day”) yesterday. This session will be remembered for the dramatic increase in spending, little reforms, and lackluster tax...
Cards Come Back

Cards Come Back

According to several members of the Texas House, allies of House Speaker Joe Straus are distributing “pledge cards” to legislators. The message is clear: promise — in writing — to support Joe Straus for speaker in 2015, or face retribution from...
System Benefit Fraud

System Benefit Fraud

With lawmakers still scrabbling to make a Faustian deal for a mammoth state budget that is long on spending and short on tax relief, electric rate-payers aren’t going to be getting a rebate from an un-utilized fund for which we’ve been overcharged. With so...
Lawmakers Should Hit “Reset”

Lawmakers Should Hit “Reset”

Last night’s passage of HB 1025 and SJR 1 signal the “budget deal” has now been set in motion.  In light of both chamber’s agreement to pull down nearly $4 billion from the Rainy Day Fund, members should take a moment to review why the RDF was created in the first...
A Budget Dealt?

A Budget Dealt?

According to media reports, the Texas Legislature’s House and Senate budget conferees have apparently reached a “deal” that adds $3.9 Billion in education spending while drawing at least $2 Billion from the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund....