Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is under fire from environmental groups because of his decision to sell the so-called â€œChristmas Mountainsâ€ which abut Big Bend National Park in far west Texas. Patterson rightly believes that the land will be better utilized (and better protected) by private owners.By Michael Quinn Sullivan|October 18, 2007
The headline in today's Houston Chronicle says it all: City union asks for property tax relief. My heart leapt for joy: Bureaucrats are now joining the call for tax relief!
But then I read the article… They don't want property tax relief for all taxpayers, only for government employees. Acting in true-to-bureaucratic form, the city employee union there is looking for a new taxpayer-funded program that would pay the property taxes of city employees. The audacity almost makes the head spin.By Michael Quinn Sullivan|July 31, 2007
The Houston Chronicle reported over the weekend that medical professionals are skeptical that the legislature's new $3 billion "cancer fund" will accomplish much more than spend $3 billion of the taxpayers' money.
But, don't worry, it was created with the best of intentions… State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), summed it up nicely in her quote to the Chronicle that "she'd â€˜like to sit back and tell my grandchildren I had something to do with the cure.' "By Michael Quinn Sullivan|July 30, 2007
An elected official (a Republican, no less) told me yesterday he doesn't mind paying taxes because it is "the price of freedom." His doe-eyed statement was wrong on a great many levels, practical and philosophical. First and foremost, freedom's price has beenÂ paid — again and again — by the blood of patriots on battlefields near and far, not collected by revenue agents.
Collin County Judge Keith Self must feel like the only sane man in an asylum. As the chief administrator in fast-growing Collin County north of Dallas, he is trying to stop a $328.9 million bond package being sold as a plan to reduce traffic congestion.By Michael Quinn Sullivan|October 15, 2007
Seventeen members of the Texas House have sent a letter to Texas’ delegation to the U.S. Congress, urging them to sustain the President’s veto of the massive expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Don’t expect the letter to make the newspapers — they only write about socialists endorsing big government.By Michael Quinn Sullivan|October 15, 2007
Newspapers around the state are breathlessly reporting that the Marxist-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities thinks a massive national expansion of the Children’s Health Insurance ProgrBy Michael Quinn Sullivan|October 13, 2007
The Texas Department of Transportation has been saying theyâ€™re broke, and cannot afford to build new roads. On the other hand, they have engaged in a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign to convince taxpayers to embrace new transportation policies.By Michael Quinn Sullivan|October 11, 2007