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July 2014 [PAGE: 2]

LBB Leans Left

LBB Leans Left

Late Tuesday, in an exercise of political tone-deafness, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus appointed Representatives Drew Darby, John Otto, and John Zerwas to vacancies on the Legislative Budget Board, a powerful department which oversees the budget writing process each...
Carona Opposes Hall’s Impeachment

Carona Opposes Hall’s Impeachment

Early this morning, State Sen. John Carona released a statement via email in opposition to the impeachment proceedings of UT Regent Wallace Hall, a whistleblower who’s unearthed several alleged scandals: “I have been asked by a number of people in recent weeks my...
Alamo City transit showdown

Alamo City transit showdown

The Alamo City is no stranger to pivotal fights in Texas. One such fight unfolding is between the city transit authority’s liberal leadership and taxpayers. Citizens opposed to a planned light-rail system have gathered the necessary petition signatures to place a city...
Surplus of hindsight

Surplus of hindsight

State Legislators banking on a healthy state budget surplus to ease funding tensions next session are in for an unexpected comeuppance. A major state employee benefit system for retired teachers is in danger of imminent insolvency. A surprising twist to this problem...
Hungry for Taxpayer Handouts

Hungry for Taxpayer Handouts

A popular political bumper sticker reads, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.” Citizens of the small, Central Texas town of Taylor now have a reason to do both: Taylor’s City Council has given away over $200,000 in tax money to build a pizza restaurant...