Owen Stroud

The Limiting Metric

The Limiting Metric

Analysts at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) have compared Texas spending limit methods over recent biennia and found that application of the population-plus-inflation metric to each budget since 2006 results in a trend of relatively constant spending limits....
Serve The People

Serve The People

Legislation filed by State Sen. Van Taylor of Plano is designed to discourage legislators from monetizing public service. Calling SB 555 the “Serve the People, Not the Lobby Act,” Taylor’s legislation would prohibit a registered lobbyist from being...
The Basic Mechanics of Tax Relief

The Basic Mechanics of Tax Relief

The Senate base budget plan has received much attention since it was released on January 25, 2015, primarily for its provisions for $4 billion in tax relief for property and business owners. Conservatives have applauded this measure, while moderates have decried it as...
Policy Summit Highlights Moderates’ Priorities

Policy Summit Highlights Moderates’ Priorities

The Conservative Roundtable of Texas held a Policy Summit in the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon, at which select legislators discussed their respective outlooks on budget, education, and transportation issues for the session. The Conservative Roundtable, which has...
Confirmed: Margin Tax Drags Down Texas

Confirmed: Margin Tax Drags Down Texas

The Tax Foundation released a report today that analyzed the Texas Margin Tax and confirmed its insidious consequences for Texas’ business environment. The margin tax was created in 2006 as an attempt to haul in extra revenue for school financing after the statewide...
A Glimpse at Patrick’s Session Priorities

A Glimpse at Patrick’s Session Priorities

At a press conference in the Texas Capitol, Lieutenant Governor-elect Dan Patrick delineated major items on his legislative agenda for the 84th session. Naturally, news outlets across the state bewailed the conservatism of Patrick’s checklist, suggesting recklessness...