May 2015

Business As Usual?

Business As Usual?

Texas’ business community got a rude awakening. After playing nice with the Texas House coalition leadership of Democrats and liberal Republicans, they expected some meaty policy reforms. Unfortunately for them, they wanted reforms that conflicted directly with...
Unethical Treatment

Unethical Treatment

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott made Ethics reform a centerpiece of the legislative session. He wanted measures “requiring elected officials to disclose contracts they have with public entities, prohibiting lawmakers from voting on legislation from which they could...
Continuing (mis)Education

Continuing (mis)Education

Education reformers were again thwarted by the Texas House leadership. The only substantive “reform” to make it through was a bill designating schools and districts with a letter-grade rating. That replaces the current system of rating districts as...

84th Taxes

Along with strict spending limits, one of our founding policy interests has been to see the state’s business “margins” tax reformed and reduced to the point of elimination. This 84th Session of the Texas Legislature finally saw definitive action on the measure. Both...
Michael Dougan: Fighting For His Values

Michael Dougan: Fighting For His Values

Michael Dougan learned the importance of being active in his community in the midst of extremely difficult personal adversity. It began when his family worked with federal legislators in Colorado to help his ill father obtain VA benefits. Three years after his father...
A Deal For Byron Cook

A Deal For Byron Cook

Liberal Republicans and the Democrats have once again teamed up in an effort to erode the First Amendment liberties of Texans. Led by State Rep. Byron Cook of Corsicana, the anti-citizen crowd is working to implement one of Hillary Clinton’s central campaign tenets....
Post Oak Bus Lanes

Post Oak Bus Lanes

Imagine a gridlocked Rodeo Drive, or 5th Avenue in NYC filled with frustrated commuters. Speckled in this congestion are nearly empty buses intended to ease the traffic but are, instead, exacerbating the problem. That is what many in Houston are envisioning when...
Limited Budget Growth

Limited Budget Growth

Within the next day or two, members of the Texas Senate and House will finalize a state budget. Remarkably, it is one that meets the minimum threshold of “not spending everything.” Last year, conservative groups joined together as the “Conservative Texas Budget...
Cook Pushes New Filming Ban

Cook Pushes New Filming Ban

Under legislation passed late last night by Texas House Democrats and a minority of the GOP caucus, it would be unlawful for citizens or journalists to record conversations with lawmakers at the Capitol without the consent of the politicians. Of course, Texans living...