On Perry’s State of the State Address

Watching the State of the State address from the House Gallery, the president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility said on Gov. Rick Perry’s speech was a positive one for Texas’ taxpayers. “Gov. Perry is correctly proposing a restrained program of spending, in...

Text of Perry’s State of the State Address

Following is the text of Governor Rick Perry’s “State of the State” Address offered at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, January 27, 2009, in accordance with the Texas Constitution. (Offer your comments on the speech here.) It is truly an honor for me to be...

A Billion Here…

With state agencies leaving nearly $1 billion in fees and fines uncollected, taxpayers are potentially on the hook for picking up those operating costs. TFR’s Michael Quinn Sullivan told the Associated Press it’s "incumbent on our state agencies to...

Legislature Needs Strong Fiscal Leadership

With the national economic outlook continuing to look dim, Texans must insist that the Legislature focus on policies that ensure the state’s fiscal soundness. Whoever leads the Texas House must be committed to spending restraint, low taxes, property tax reform...

Herrero Milks Medicaid Despite Constitutional Prohibition

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility is calling on State Rep. Abel Herrero to forfeit all proceeds a company owned by his wife has received from the state Medicaid program.At a press conference in Corpus Christi, TFR president Michael Quinn Sullivan provided copies of...

TIF Tax Is Dead

Texans are finally rid of a tax, thanks to action taken by the Texas Legislature in 2007. The Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund tax has now been eliminated, an action championed by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. At a press conference in the Capitol today, Lt....

Transcript: Is The Classroom A Worksite?

The transcript for this week’s video, Is The Classroom A Worksite?, is now available. Why don’t teachers get professional respect in Texas?   It might have something to do with the unions that represent them.   The teacher unions do their...

PAC releases general election endorsements

The Empower Texans PAC released the first round of general election endorsements today. Michael Quinn Sullivan, treasurer of the PAC and president of Empower Texans, said the 65 incumbents and candidates endorsed are each committed to creating a strong Texas....