March 2016

Race For The Texas GOP Chair

Race For The Texas GOP Chair

While our organization has not decided to endorse in “party” races – state chairmanship, national committee, executive committee – we recognize that these positions have tremendous potential to shape of public policy and encourage greater participation by...
2016 Metroplex Endorsements

2016 Metroplex Endorsements

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility is pleased to present local government endorsements for the upcoming election on Saturday, May 7th, 2016. Early voting for this year’s cycle will be held Monday, April 25th through Tuesday, May 3rd. Dates regarding elections in...
Federal Land Grab

Federal Land Grab

With 90,000 acres of land at stake, the Texas Attorney General and state’s General Land Office are joining landowners in trying to stop the federal government from taking Texans’ property. The Bureau of Land Management claims 116 miles of land along the Texas-Oklahoma...
HISD Eyes Districtwide Cuts

HISD Eyes Districtwide Cuts

In advance of Houston ISD’s upcoming budget, officials are making a wide variety of cuts across the district to minimize the inevitable $107 million budget shortfall. One of the programs to hit the chopping block is former Superintendent Terry Grier’s signature...
Cook’s Tacit Unconstitutional Admission

Cook’s Tacit Unconstitutional Admission

Still bruised from narrowly surviving a vicious primary, State Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) is once again trying to push what has become his signature issue — regulating the political speech of Texans. And he’s hoping to accomplish it by working around both the...
McKinney ISD’s Shameless Debt Proposition

McKinney ISD’s Shameless Debt Proposition

The McKinney ISD school board has decided to foist a $220 million proposal on May’s ballot, a plan largely unrelated to improving educational quality. Its most controversial component is a $50 million football stadium that—if built—will be the most expensive of its...
Preemptive Disclosures Needed

Preemptive Disclosures Needed

Every March, Sunshine Week reminds us to examine transparency in Texas, where there is still much progress to be made. During the 2015 session, lawmakers created a huge haystack in which to hide government contracts. They are called “form 1295 filings,” and at the...
Beware of Efforts to Curtail Requests

Beware of Efforts to Curtail Requests

Last week was ‘Sunshine Week’ – an initiative to remind Americans of the importance of government transparency. To ensure greater control of government by the people, we need to ensure that measures to set back transparency are dead on arrival. Lately, there have been...