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Congress, Administration Should Stay Out Of Texas Classrooms

Earlier today Texas Governor Rick Perry announced his decision to refuse to apply for the federal “Race to the Top” grant program. The president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Michael Quinn Sullivan, praised the course of action, saying it protects Texas’ children and taxpayers.

Voters: Election A Win-Win For Texas

Voters: Election A Win-Win For Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – In a poll conducted by Wilson Research Strategies on behalf of Empower Texans, 65 percent of Republican primary voters say they consider re-electing Rick Perry as governor a double-win: Perry keeps working successful in Austin and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison continues her fight in Washington.

Voters: Stay And Fight

AUSTIN, Texas – A poll conducted by Wilson Research Strategies on behalf of Empower Texans finds 69 percent of Republican primary voters want U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to stay in the Senate and fight the policies and programs being advocated by President Obama and the congressional leadership.

Special Election Replacing Hutchison Could Cost Taxpayers $30 Million

A special election to replace incumbent U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison could cost Texas taxpayers up to $30 million, the Secretary of State’s office estimates in an informational letter requested by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. The organization’s president called on Hutchison to factor this cost into her decision to resign.

Comments On Perry Budget Action, Veto of HB 130

The president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility said Gov. Rick Perry correctly wielded his pen this legislative session on the state budget. The governor used his line-item veto authority to cut $288.9 million from the budget, of which $97.2 million came from general revenue spending.
 

More Fiscally Conservative Legislature, But Still Failing

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility released its final ratings today for members of the 81st Texas Legislature. TFR President Michael Quinn Sullivan says that while the partisan gap narrowed, the ratings of individual House and Senate members show a more fiscally conservative direction.

Tax Relief, Not Stimulus Money, Needed In Texas

A group of Democratic legislators just concluded a press conference calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to accept and use more of the federal stimulus money. But the president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility says this "California-based prescription" will make things worse by straddling the economy with bigger government. He called on the Legislature to make immediate cuts to property taxes the business tax as a way to effectively free the economy and help all Texans.

Governor Perry declares emergency on tax relief

 AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Governor Rick Perry today issued an emergency declaration on the issue of tax relief.  

The president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Michael Quinn Sullivan, said lawmakers should view tax relief as their highest priority this session.