The university’s energy holdings are largely responsible for the windfall.
Reforming the Property Value Process
What would appraisal reform look like?
Abbott Announces Priorities in State of the State Address
The governor’s first priority? Expanding rural broadband access.
Is Property Tax Relief Coming?
The gap between what legislators could do and what they are doing currently shows little promise.
Brian G. Yarbrough: Education Lobbyist
Texas Scorecard examines Texas’ highest-paid lobbyists.
2 Texas Republican Lawmakers Face Runoff Challenges in May
State Reps. Dan Flynn and J.D. Sheffield are up against tough odds as they must face voters again in May.
Texas Republicans Overwhelmingly Adopt All 10 Propositions
“Keep in mind that this is an opinion poll of Republican voters and not a policy referendum.”
Jon Francis and Glenn Rogers to Face Off in Runoff Election
Shortly after the race was called, SoRelle offered her endorsement for Francis in a Facebook post.
Sitton Loses Railroad Commission Seat in Stunning Upset
Wright’s victory could have been helped by his name, which he shares with a longtime U.S. congressman from Texas who served as Speaker of the House.
Commentary: Party Platforms Empower Everyday Texans
“A detailed platform makes it easier for grassroots conservatives to hold their elected officials accountable and lets elected officials know what issues matter to the grassroots.”
Citizens Show up at Senate Second Amendment Hearing
Texans showed up to the Capitol to say they had enough of lawmakers dragging their feet on pro-gun legislation.
Texas Wins ‘Winner Take All’ Electoral College Case
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals confirms Texas’ method of selecting presidential electors is in full compliance with the Constitution.
ACLU Sues Texas Towns Over “Sanctuary of the Unborn” Ordinances
On Tuesday, the ACLU filed suit in East Texas against the cities of Waskom, Naples, Joaquin, Tenaha, Rusk, Gary, and Wells.
Dan Flynn Paid for Netflix With Campaign Cash
Flynn simply categorized the expenditures as “overhead.”
Bettencourt Pledges Legislation to Address Teacher Retirement System Transparency
Finding out specifics on the investments held by that trust fund, as Bettencourt notes, has been difficult for teachers, taxpayers, and even the media.
Just When You Thought Gas Prices Couldn’t Be Higher…
…Along comes State Sen. John "Let Them Be Taxed" Carona. The senator from Dallas is, seriously, going to introduce legislation next Session to raise the state’s gasoline tax by 10 cents per gallon. This would take even more of your money and shovel it to the state’s fiscally-inept, policy-wayward transportation agency.
TxDOT ‘Screwed Up’ 1.1 Billion Times
In what may go down as the most incredibly stupid error in state history, transportation officials told lawmakers this week that they counted $1.1 billion in revenue twice — leading them to over-commit to road projects. State Sen. Steve Ogden of Bryan summed the situation well: “This is screwed up.”
Texas taxpayers are paying some $10,000 per acre for… nothing. The Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission is squandering your cash to spend $400,000 to create 40 acres of "open space" in Guadalupe County, highlighted by a 1.5-mile trail with educational signs. Have they no sense of decency? Apparently not — but why should they, it’s just your money. This is just one of some $5.85 million in pork-purchases the commission made with your money recently.
Uncorking More Government Pork – Texas Department of Agriculture Sponsors Wine Tastings
The Ag Department is one of the two lead sponsors of two upcoming Texas wine tastings – one in Dallas and San Antonio.Â How many average Texas taxpayers will pay $40 for these sumptuous sippings?
Money For Nothing, Rings Not Free
Texas taxpayers are a generous lot. Just ask the good folks at Windstream Communications, who state bureaucrats say improperly received more than $6 million from Texans over the last seven years.
How Much More of the Erdners’ Family Budget Should Government Take?
Today’s StatesmanÂ profiles Todd and Michele Erdner’s extraordinary measures to control rising grocery bills for their 7 kids, who Michelle home schools. Is government helping?
So Long, Senator
One piece of bad political news this date: State Senator Kyle Janek is leaving public office. While rumored for some time, it’s a shame to see. Dr. Janek has been a good friend to the conservative movement, a reliable voice of reason in an unreasonable political body, and genuinely pleasant fellow to work around. He’ll be greatly missed, but he is leaving for all the right reasons. Good luck, Dr. Janek!
Illegal Or Unpopular
State Sen. John Carona gets it right in a news story, where he is quoted as saying the state’s transportion agency "may well have crossed a legal threshold" when it enaged in a $9 million program to convince Texans to stop worrying and learn to love the TransTexas Corridor. The senator from Dallas should have stopped there.
A Tax On Bad Math Skills
Remember being told that the Lottery would solve our education finance woes? Yep, that was a good one. Now the same band that brought us the state monopoly on games-of-chance want us to feel guilty that the poor and uneducated play the Lottery, and especially the high-dollar versions, at higher rates than more affluent and educated folks. Apparently someone didn’t read the memo that state-funded gambling is a tax on people with poor math skills. Which, of course, means the state has a perverse incentive: keep math skills low so more people will play.
Keeping The Budget Responsible
State Rep. John Otto of Dayton has it right: "Everything we do in Texas with regard to public policy starts and stops with the budget." Too few people in or out of the Legislature understand that, which is why its good to know Otto has been tapped to find ways to limit the growth of government.