Mayor Mattie Parker’s summer reading challenge promoted books with LGBT protagonists.
County commissioners vote unanimously to accept refugees after Texas’ governor attempts to pull state out of resettlement program.
Poor planning by the county’s top election official is costing Dallas taxpayers millions and jeopardizing election security.
After a review of public records indicated that two congressional candidates had not voted before the 2019 General Election, one has come clean about his record.
TCOLE concludes investigation into Precinct 4 Constable Rowdy Hayden with letter of reprimand.
Chris Woolsey is getting a head start on serving as Corsicana’s newest city council member, canvassing residents and listening to their concerns.
Amarillo Education Association backs Betancourt for re-election, Anderson for open seat on AISD board.
Taxpayers gathered to demand resignation of GCISD President Lisa Pardo after she admitted her husband cut down the yard sign of another campaign.
The city council voted to discriminate against the popular fast food chain.
“No teacher should attempt to indoctrinate a child to their ideology, no matter who is in the White House.”
HISD’s superintendent search has been stopped by the TEA.
Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District Board President Lisa Pardo admitted her husband took down a yard sign of Colleyville Mayor Pro Tem Bobby Lindamood Jr.
Just a few short years after the passage of a billion-dollar bond, a Harris County school district is back asking voters for more.
City council doesn’t like the idea of asking citizens for more of their money.
Dallas City Councilmen, including mayoral candidate Scott Griggs, file to have city vote on a harmful anti-worker mandate.
Now this is a heck of a deal, Fort Worth city officials are considering the creation of a modern "streetcar" system. According to Texas Government Insider, the plan could cost between $16 million and $40 million… per mile!
The city spent $1 million taxpayer dollars to study a similar idea in 2002 and came up with nothing to show for it but $1 million in misspent money. Now Fort Worth officials are looking to appoint a 15-member committee to decide whether or not taxpayers should be bilked out of even more money.
So the Fort Worth Star Telegram doesn’t mind the new business tax; big surprise, they also like big government. In an editorial on Thursday, the Star Telegram opined that “it’s impossible to know what the tax’s real impact will be” because state bean counters won’t tally the take until August. Ah, the bliss of being economically illiterate. Of course, they also do their best to avoid the taxes they advocate.
In another example of a failing bureaucracy, a federal audit found that the Dallas Housing Authority cannot account for some $3.8 million dollars in taxpayer funds. While they still haven’t found the missing money, yesterday they found time to debate a proposal to ban staffers religious expressions in e-mails – though the agency could probably use divine intervention at this point.
U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison got it right Wednesday morning when she told the Texas Association of Business that the state’s new business tax is an “abject failure.” Finally a political big-shot is calling it like taxpayers are seeing it. The Dallas Morning News reports that she said, “We don’t see property taxes going down at all, and the business tax, it’s a corporate income tax. Just make no mistake about it. We’ve got some problems.”
Editors at the Fort Worth Star Telegram are shocked — shocked! — to find that what is driving the beginnings of good public policy in Birdville Independent School District is — horror of horrors — a need to improve efficiency and maximize their existing revenues. The leftist editors are beside themselves that good public policy is only coming about because of a tight fiscal situation.
In the case of Craig Eiland, a state representative from Galveston, he’s had the payroll a former Democratic legislator named Zeb Zbranek. For ol’ Zeb it’s a sweet deal – he’s “on call” to help Craig out with constituent services, for $300 per month. How much “on call” does that buy? Apparently enough for the incumbent to count his predecessor as a “full-time” employee.
The Dallas Morning News has a feature today on appraisal growth in the Metroplex. Here’s a shocker: “Denton County recorded a 14.5 percent jump in preliminary appraisals, though appraisers say the final numbers should drop below 10 percent and into what they’re labeling relatively flat growth.”
It is not surprising that Texas cities restrict strip clubs, but now the City of West Lake Hills near Austin has banned new banks and nearby Lakeway has required them to obtain a unique permit. Why? Because they do not generate sales tax revenue.
Even as local governments like the City of Dallas can barely keep the potholes filled and their jails running properly, they are none too eager to indulge in mission creep. On May 15, the Dallas City Council approved spending $42 million to purchase land to create a city-owned convention center hotel that all told could cost taxpayers $520 million.
Liberals love to micromanage other people’s business – as long as the rules don’t apply to them. The Texas House Democratic Caucus chair proved that this week with her whining “Monday Memo” decrying recent attention paid to predominately liberal officeholders who were counting as “full-time employees” people who did little or no work for little or no pay – but getting hefty taxpayer benefits. She’s worried that this mighty, gasp, be an election issue. Ya think?