February 2015

‘Ethics’ Fairy Dust

‘Ethics’ Fairy Dust

Texas’ Health and Human Services Commission has an ethics problem, which they compounded yesterday by hiring a former bureaucrat from the disgraced Texas “Ethics” Commission. HHSC is in hot water over no-bid contracts that appeared to have been handed out...
Local Control or Local Tyranny?

Local Control or Local Tyranny?

With the legislative session in full swing, Texans will soon face a barrage of political propaganda disguised with “conservative-sounding” messaging designed to sell them on anti-taxpayer policies. One of the most prominent will be the effort by state and local...
Toll Free Texas

Toll Free Texas

Collin County State Reps. Scott Sanford (R-McKinney), Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) and Jeff Leach (R -Allen) recently filed a ten-item legislative agenda under the banner “Toll Free Texas,” which aims to more effectively prioritize non-tolled roads. Reforms include greater...
Bad Bet By Rogue Agency

Bad Bet By Rogue Agency

When confronted by the Texas Senate about their unconstitutional power grab, the state’s Racing Commission doubled down on arrogance. Last year, the racing commission passed a rule vastly expanding the footprint of gambling beyond their constitutional and...
Transportation Funding a Top Priority

Transportation Funding a Top Priority

Transportation has become a major issue in the state of Texas with rising population and business growth placing greater strain on the existing infrastructure. The issue was even highlighted in a campaign advertisement by Governor Abbott where he claimed  “a guy in a...
Teachable Moment

Teachable Moment

Two years ago, conservative lawmakers tried to direct dollars away from frivolous programs — like the Commission on the Arts — towards the Texas Teachers Retirement System (TRS) health plan. The reason? The plan had an enormous, unfunded future liability....
Senate Stands for Tax Relief

Senate Stands for Tax Relief

On Tuesday Senate leaders alongside Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced the specifics of their tax relief proposals. State Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Denton), the Chair of the Finance Committee, unveiled the specific details of what had previously been a blanket line item of...