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Posts for Andrew Kerr

Gaming the System

Recently, Texhoma ISD passed a bond to build homes in an effort to game the system for more tax dollars.

By |June 7, 2011
More Money Going To Public Ed

According to the House-Senate Conference Committee working on Texas’ new budget, state funding for public education will increase by $125 million in 2012-2013.

By |May 27, 2011
Conservative Budget Won't Be Derailed Now

As the Texas Legislature and the budget deal seem to be breaking down over school finance, Senator Florence Shapiro (R-Plano) is going to the mat to iron out the differences and deliver what is necessary.

By |May 24, 2011
Senate End-Run on the RDF

Having already lost once, liberals in the Senate are taking another stab at tapping the Rainy Day fund. Today the Texas Senate allowed Senator Royce West to late-file legislation that would raid the state’s Rainy Day Fund for $2 Billion.

By |May 11, 2011
Anything But Efficient

Usually “expanding efficiency” means streamlining and saving money. When the government is involved, more often than not, the opposite is true.

By |May 11, 2011
Revenue Over Reform

There has been a great deal of Legislative attention focused on the hunt for new revenues, but almost none has been directed toward meaningful reform meant to avoid this type of shortfall in the future by limiting the state’s overspending.

By |May 3, 2011
Swapping Taxes

It doesn’t violate the no-new-taxes pledge a majority of Republican House members took, but subscribers to satellite TV may not appreciate that distinction when their bill goes up if legislators adopt a tax-swap proposal on Tuesday. On the other hand, small-business owners will be pleased.

By |May 2, 2011