A group of parents and citizens are not going to sit back and accept CRT in FWISD.
Dallas City Councilmen, including mayoral candidate Scott Griggs, file to have city vote on a harmful anti-worker mandate.
Dallas City Council hears complaints of higher costs, lack of voter participation with reforms.
New rules and penalties could be coming to Austinites who ride scooters.
University of North Texas is attempting to forcefully take over the properties of longtime local businesses.
To pay off debt left by corrupt school-bus agency Dallas County Schools, officials are suing to recover funds from conspirators who defrauded taxpayers.
Council prepares to finally vote on a citizen petition submitted over a year ago
The Austin Chronicle’s Mary Tuma used journalistic communication to harass a donor to pregnancy resource centers.
Harris County voters about to head to the polls for a $2.5 billion bond.
Frisco’s school board will decide August 13 whether to ask voters for a tax hike and more bond debt in this November’s general election.
The Alamo belongs to all Texans, therefore ultimate control over it should be made by the entire state, not liberal bureaucrats in San Antonio.
Chairman resigns after contentious feud and lawsuit with precinct chairs, as conservatives re-organize the party.
The lack of transparency and mismanagement with the city finances has spurred local taxpayers to begin taking action.
Thousands of voter registrations are under review for using post office box locations as voting addresses.
While the petition effort to oust Midland’s superintendent offers an opportunity to amplify a message, true change can only occur at the ballot box.
The Lone Star Report brings us the following good news:
The House Regulated Industries committee unanimously voted Feb. 21 to eliminate the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund (TIF). The tax on consumersâ€™ phone bill was created in 1995 to help wire schools, libraries and colleges for the Internet. TIF was supposed to end after 10 years or after it raised $1.5 billion, whichever came first. However in 2005, the Legislature removed the taxâ€™s expiration date. Since 2003, the tax was used to fund general revenue and is no longer used for its original purpose.
The Austin American Statesman is calling on lawmakers to enact a slush fund that would attract more Hollywood liberals to Texas.
The Houston Chronicle recently reported that the town of Shenandoah Texas has hired taxpayer-funded lobbyists for $30,000 this session.
Once in a while the mainstream media hits the nail on the head and such is the case with a staff editorial in today's Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. This piece enclosed below in no uncertain terms urges the Legislature to return the surplus to taxpayers. Further, it points to the folly of simply shifting taxes and argues that rather than raise other taxes to pay for further property tax relief, the Legislature should simply utilize the surplus – the amount by which Texans have overpaid in taxes.
Governor Perry had a great line reported in the state's media outlets:
Â Â Â Â Â Â "Only in Austin and Washington would returning $8 billion to citizens be considered spending."
That's a great point. The state's spending cap was called the "Texas Tax Relief Act," and was supported by an overwhelming vote of the people in a constitutional election. Most Texans probably assumed that if spending was kept under control, their taxes would be as well. It's doubtful any voter thought tax relief could be confused with spending, and it is reasonable to assume that they figured any overage would come back to them and not be used to grow government.
Dewhurst Questions Existence & Return of Surplus, But More Tax Cuts Now Can Help Avert Future Economic Slowdown
Speaking at a Capitol news conference yesterday, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said "We don't have a 14.3 billion dollar surplus." He asserted that "when you look at promised property tax cuts out to 2011, we're looking at a balanced budget with just a modest increase in our expenditures." Dewhurst made similar remarks today at the Legislative Budget Board meeting where the LBB set the constitutional spending limit, which based on projected personal income growth, will allow a 13.11 percent increase in general revenue expenditures for the 2008-09 biennium.
The Abilene Reporter-News has a revealing piece today discussing how Abilene taxpayers support revenue and appraisal caps while local officials are frightened by the prospect.Â The most eye-opening quote is:
Taylor County Commissioner Chuck Statler likened the county's situation to his personal budget at home: ''If your expenses continue to increase, why would you want to reduce your income?''
The Galveston Daily News reported this month that the board of the Galveston Independent School District voted to pay the Austin consulting firm Moak, Casey & Associates up to $15,000 to lobby the Texas Education Agency (TEA)Â on their behalf.Â The specific purpose of this arrangement is to get TEA to agree to a swap between the money the district will receive to buy down school property taxes and the money they will owe the state in Robin Hood payments.Â Suffice it to say, the article states that some questioned why district officials just don't call TEA themselves to find out whether this is feasible.
State Senator John Carona (R-Dallas) is quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram as saying that he'd rather "something wrong than do nothing." The sad thing is that in this case,Â the "wrong thing" he'd rather do is raise local taxes to pay for more wasteful mass transit spending, than "do nothing" which apparently includes making local governments squeeze more effiency out of their spending programs.
The Houston Chronicle's Janet Elliott noted in her blog this week the creation of TFR.