Small business big

Just received the new “Fiscal Notes” from the Texas Comptroller, which is this month highlighting the growth of small business in Texas. The number of self-employed Texans rose 2 percent last year, while self-employed Americans overall dropped 2 percent.

What Part of ‘Illegal’…

Why is it even a question as to whether or not illegal aliens (or undocumented immigrants or whatever we’re supposed to call them) should get in-state tuition? They aren’t in the state legally, so why should taxpayers subsidize tuition? And federal law says the states cannot provide illegals with in-state tuition.

Kay v Rick

Talk about gaining the big mo. We see the new University of Texas poll shows Governor Rick Perry leading Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison by 12 points. Just a few months ago, Hutchison had a poll bragging about her double-digit lead.

Taxes And Fees In Transportation

We knew it was coming. The John Carona tax beast, SB855, is now getting heard in the Texas House, thanks to Rep. Vicki Truitt. That’ll happen tomorrow. Every conservative taxpayer group has taken a stand against these bills.

Opposing A New Law School

While not to be confused with a conservative position, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram very sensible is very sensibly opposing the creation of yet another law school in Texas. Let’s face it: There isn’t a shortage of ambulance chasers.

The Star-Telegram piece notes says the effort is “not essential.”

Big, Small Business

According to State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, there are 2.9 million registered businesses in Texas. Of those, 2.3 million have revenues between $25k-$100K.

Bulked Up

A high school athlete steroid testing program cost taxpayers $6 million, but found the purported problem wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Can He Be My Rep?

I just got an e-mail from State Representative Ken Paxton, something he apparently sends to his constituents, in which he writes about the need for a strong spending limit in Texas. I wish my legislators knew was spending limits were… Can Paxton by my State Representative in absentia?

Teen Voting

State Rep. Hubert Vo wants to let 17-year-olds vote in party primaries. The Houston Democrat/slumlord introduced a Constitutional Amendment 34 that will let anyone vote in the primaries who “will be 18 years of age or older on the date of the subsequent general election.” This sounds like a massive hassle for county voter registrars, not to mention a whole new arena for voter fraud.