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...