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,...
Structured Against Transparency

Structured Against Transparency

A lack of program-level transparency in the biennial state budget prevents legislators and citizens from knowing exactly what programs an agency supports in each appropriations cycle. Often, the only folks who know this information have an incentive to keep it from...
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...
Spending Cap Sophistry

Spending Cap Sophistry

With the 84th session of the Texas Legislature still over a month away, big-spending politicians are already scheming on how to massively expand the next state budget, all while claiming fiscal discipline. The main obstacle to the grow-government crowd is our...