Wentworth’s Award for Appropriating

It is one thing for legislators to get an award they’ve earned — such as the Taxpayer Champion and Advocate Awards we present to those working to protect our economy. But it’s more than a little unseemly when a group created, and funded, by...

An Agency Out Of Control

It’s hard to believe just how out-of-control the federal “International Boundary and Water Commission” is, if whistle-blower accounts and media reports are to believed. It’s apparent the commission had very little oversight and too much power....

Toothache

If you wonder if your new dentist is a quack, don’t count on information from the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners to know. Which begs the question: if government can’t handle the portions of health care it already oversees, why do we want them to do...

Lobby Pay Day

What does it cost to get legislators to betray their taxpayers and hike taxes in an economic downturn? Just ask the lobbyists at HillCo, who seem to have made about $17,800 per legislator voting against Texans. According to Ethics filings, HillCo is getting something...

Defining Tax Irony

Leading the push for higher gas taxes is State Rep. Vicki Truitt (R-Southlake). Last fall she wrote her constituents decrying “electricity rates and high fuel prices. (We are all feeling the pinch.) … my office is already working on legislation to...

More Education Mandates: Dems Plus RINOs Merritt & Smith

For all the whining Democrats do about unfunded mandates on public education, they sure don’t mind implementing them. The Texas House voted last night on legislation mandating that every public and private high school principle designate four people as deputy...

Doctors for Tobacco

Don’t be surprised if your doctor starts prescribing tobacco products. Should State Rep. Warren Chisum of Pampa have his way, doctors will soon have a direct financial incentive to get everyone dippin’ and chewin’. Chisum is, of course, a low-tax...

Unstimulating

The free money now flowing from your great-grand-children’s credit cards into the coffers of state government will cost the state 131,400 jobs — or so says a report issued yesterday by the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Experience shows increased...

More Education Waste

Some west Texas kids are getting snowmobile trips, vacations to Hawaii, California, LA and elsewhere — all courtesy of the schopol district. Actually, thanks to the state’s Robin Hood funding scheme, courtesy of taxpayers elsewhere in the state. The Austin...

Plano Cheating Kids

If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em. That’s the educational philosophy in Plano where the school district is looking to implement rules letting kids cheat on papers and turn in homework whenever they like. Plano teachers would “still assign...