texas budget

Dead Money

Dead Money

The Texas Capitol can often be the scene of strange phenomena. Enter funds consolidation—this government accounting gimmick actually allows liberal-leaning legislators to spend more of your money by first hoarding it. Part 1 Jan. 4, 2015Experts And Yes Men Part 2 Jan....
Eternal Life

Eternal Life

A belief that our state government wastes money on pet projects is a truism of modern Texas politics. Despite a displeased frustration with well-funded political favoritism, taxpayers may not know the major reason why elected officials continually defend it: organized...
Cutting Around the Edges

Cutting Around the Edges

How effective would your budget be if you controlled only  17% of your discretionary spending? Under the current legislative appropriations process, Texas lawmakers do just that. Part 1 Jan. 4, 2015Experts And Yes Men Part 2 Jan. 5, 2014Rolling Stone Part 3 Jan. 6,...
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Thanks to big-spending legislators’ creative accounting and over-eagerness to spend your money, the 83rd legislature increased appropriations 26% over the previous legislature. Even though this represents a major increase, it would shock many taxpayers to know that...