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After the city cancelled the controversial event, a local church decided to host it.
Julie White McCarty declares disappointment with 2019 legislative session, will not assist with any re-election campaigns.
Mayor Adler sent an email soliciting donations for San Antonio’s mayor, who recently discriminated against Chick-fil-A for their religious beliefs.
Trustees vote unanimously to initiate possible renaming process for Lee Elementary School.
Around the state, the Democratic Party is encouraging voters to vote straight Democratic ticket, regardless of their nominees’ track records.
Another corrupt former public official confesses crimes in the Dallas County Schools money-laundering scandal.
Former Starr County employee accused of stealing an elderly voter’s mail-in ballot is charged with eight counts of voter fraud.
Austinites, here is everything you need to know about the propositions on your November ballot.
GOP candidates in conservative Collin County are united for victory in November and beyond.
Local bureaucrats demanded that Martinez either remove or relocate his signs supporting Senator Ted Cruz.
Texas Democratic Party mailed “urgent” voter registration forms to ineligible non-citizens in South Texas, pre-filled to wrongly indicate applicants were U.S. citizens.
Texans for Fiscal Responsibility takes a look at two of the candidates vying for a seat on Midland school board.
A political campaign by the City of Pecos urging voters to support the passage of an Emergency Service District may violate the Texas Election Code.
Round Rock’s upcoming bond election is full of problems—and special interests.
Houston had a lot of expensive whine this week — from money-hungry superintendents intent on spending a lot more of your money. And they’ll spend every dollar they can get. Since 2000, public school revenues have grown 60 percent, even though the student population has grown only 15 percent. And yet the Texas School Alliance complains that "property tax relief" erodes their ability to tax-and-spend without fetter. Um, yes, that’s the point.
Taxpayers in Clear Creek Independent School District, in Galveston County, are facing a $9.2 million tax hike. The superintendent, with a straight face, tells the local newspaper the schools have “exercised significant restraint.” Sounds nice, but that’s not what the record shows. School revenues are have risen 60 percent since 2001, even though the district only has 18 percent more students. Where’s the money going? Hint: not the classroom.
As part of an effort to trim the county budget, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is cutting condiments from the budget. Prisoners will have to go without mustard, ketchup, sweeteners and jelly — saving taxpayers $150,000. Her office might also charge inmates for pickles, trimming another $84,000. But considering the county asked her to find $6 million in cuts, Sheriff Lupe is going to have to do better than that.
Taxpayers in Midland and Odessa — along with the rest of us — are shelling out big bucks for a new “performing arts” center to be built between the two cities. The facility, which is described as standing “90 feet tall at its center, far surpassing the height of the nearby Highway 191 overpass on Farm-to-Market Road 1788,” is expected to cost $89 million.
Conservatives in Texas often talk about how wasteful our government school system can be, yet we rarely find a gem as perfectly flawed as two stories that appeared recently in the Houston Chronicle. On May 1, the Chronicle breathlessly reported “Spring Branch ISD facing insolvency” – you can almost hear the exclamation points. A month and a half later, the paper glowingly reported “Spring Branch ISD; Free summer camp focused on France.” A free French summer camp, while facing insolvency?
Readers of the Houston Chronicle’s website now have a nifty tool: browse the pay of nearly every public employee in Houston and Harris County. Topping the payroll at $442,556 is HISD superintendent Abelardo Saavedra. Coming in a distant second is the “Chancellor Emeritus” of the Houston Community College, Bruce Leslie, making $336,583.
One way to avoid listening to taxpayers is to simply keep them out of earshot. Take, for example, Collin County in north Texas. County commissioners there are going to take up discussion next week on a proposal to build a county-employees-only physical fitness facility. While government shouldn’t be in the business of competing with the private sector (through “community center” programs that include work-out facilities), they certainly shouldn’t build such facilities and exclude taxpayers from use. The only thing exercised in this project is the boondoggle muscle. The only thing sweating will be the taxpayers’ nervous, over-burdened wallet.
You gotta hand it to the bean-counters in Sugar Land, outside Houston — they sure know how to sell an idea. They’re trying to convince residents(presumably with success) that spending $18 million to get $13 million, over 25 years, is a good use of the taxpayers; money. We presume they will soon host sold-out seminars on how cities can set houses on fire to encourage new home construction.
So I usually don’t think much about Louisiana. I sometimes forget it’s even there, kind of like Utah or Nevada or Rhode Island. But Gov. Bobby Jindal is making conservatives take note. I’ve met him a time or two, and been as impressed as everyone else who meets him. The problem is that with each passing action, he becomes even more impressive. We need more folks like Jindal in public office.
My friend Cheryl Johnson serves as tax assessor/collector for Galveston County, a position she has used to champion the rights of taxpayers. She recently penned an op-ed that proposes changing the current appraisal-driven property tax system to one where your liability is based solely on the acquisition price.