More than two-thirds of Texas GOP voters have an unfavorable view of the agency.
Days After Railing Against Shutdowns, Abbott Closes More Businesses
Galveston County Judge Mark Henry blasted the action, saying the move was a “bad policy decision” based on “flawed data.”
Gov. Abbott Planning State Takeover of Austin Police
“The state will fix this.”
Texas Capitol Set to Reopen, No Details on Protocol
Lawmakers have reportedly considered temperature checks, COVID testing, and limiting capacity in the galleries and committee rooms.
Will Dade Phelan Allow Democrats to Chair Key Committees?
Four Republican lawmakers implore Phelan: “Inform Republican members on your intentions regarding giving Democrats power over our Republican priorities prior to your election to the position of speaker.”
ELECTION: Voters Shoot Down 1 Constitutional Amendment, Approve 9 Others
When Texas voters took to the polls, they approved all but one constitutional amendment on the ballot.
Democrats Sue Texas to Revive Mobile Voting
Democrats want courts to restore the process used regularly by local officials to target sympathetic voters and tilt election results.
Texas GOP Chair in Hot Seat over Special Session Calls
When asked for a response to conservative grassroots calling for a special session, Chairman James Dickey said he’s “already committed to backing up everything in the [Texas Republican Party] platform.”
Conservatives Plan to Save Texas After Purple Session, Bonnen Scandal
The scandal has created an opportunity for Gov. Greg Abbott, who solely wields the power to call the legislature into a special session.
Texas Joins Coalition of States Aiming to Curtail California Power Grab
“California and liberal elites shouldn’t get to make decisions for the rest of the country. We need to make sure they don’t.”
Patrick Fires Back at Liberal Bureaucrats
The lieutenant governor is touting his work to whittle away at the state’s budget bureaucracy.
RECAP: Central Texas Property Tax Increases
How much more will you have to pay next year?
Commentary: Texas’ Speaker Is Too Powerful
Legislators have a chance to reset the balance of power in the Texas House.
UPDATE: Judge Rules Younger to Maintain Joint Conservatorship Over Son
A verdict today wound the situation back, giving James Younger’s parents joint custody.
No Prosecution Against Bonnen, Says Brazoria County DA
Despite the “repugnant” actions and words from Bonnen, the Brazoria County DA will not prosecute Bonnen.
Sullivan tells lawmakers: It’s okay to bust the cap for tax relief
Texas Senators today voted to bust the current spending cap so as to provide more property tax relief with the surplus than they might have otherwise. Before their vote, Michael Quinn Sullivan sent the following letter.
Taxpayers Deserve to be Paid Back
Corpus Christi's KRIS television reported this week that the Nueces County Hospital District is asking the Legislature to pass a bill that will allow them to recover money on behalf of taxpayers when those who receive "indigent" care later receive an insurance settlement windfall for that same care. The District estimates that it loses about a half million dollars every year as a result of this phenomenon.
Governor promotes taxpayer protection
AUSTIN, Texas â€“ In his State of the State Address, Texas Governor Rick Perry today proposed a strong new constitutional protection for the stateâ€™s taxpayers. The measure would limit the growth in state spending to a rolling, three-year average of inflation and population growth.
The president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, Michael Quinn Sullivan, praised the proposal.
â€œGov. Perry is putting the needs of working Texas taxpayers ahead of bureaucracy. By restricting the growth in government to maintaining the costs of current services, the legislature will be forced to live within the taxpayersâ€™ means,â€ said Sullivan.
Extreme Property Taxes Cause Texas to Lead Nation in Home Foreclosures – Breaking the Backs and Dreams of Ordinary Texans
In case anyone thought the revolt against skyrocketing property taxes is just coming from mostly white middle class suburbs, the Brownsville Herald carries a powerful staff editorial today denouncing the recent seizure of 250 local homes and businesses because owners could not afford to pay their property taxes. The article notes that, in addition to the city and county, taxpayers are on the hook for two school districts and a navigation district, among other taxing authorities.
Hang Up on the Texas Telephone Tax
Not including the new margin tax surcharge from Sprint, Texans already paid 18 percent of their telephone bill in government taxes and fees. That's outrageous. Why shouldn't the same sales tax apply to telephone bills as to every other purchase?
Sprinting To A New Tax
My Sprint cellphone bill arrived today, featuring a brand new fee: The Texas Margin Fee Reimbursement. This is Sprint's attempt to make visible the new business tax implemented by the Texas Legislature last sprint. Some in the legislature are crying foul, but Sprint has the nerve to do what lawmakers usually don't — admit that business taxes are borne by people, not business. Most other businesses won't put the burden of the tax on the bill — but you and I are still paying for it.
Governor’s budget proposals will promote accountability, transparency
AUSTIN, Texas â€“ Gov. Rick Perry today proposed four key budget reforms designed to promote fiscal responsibility.
Michael Quinn Sullivan, president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, praised the proposals, saying they shine more sunlight on the stateâ€™s finances.
â€œThese proposals set the tone for good budget policy and sound government. They promote higher levels of accountability and transparency,â€ said Sullivan. â€œTexasâ€™ hard-working families deserve honest bookkeeping from the state legislature. Since we foot the bill, taxpayers should be allowed to review all the expenses to know our money is being spent wisely.â€
Who in Austin is Concerned About Taxpayers? Who Won’t Mention Them?
A central purpose of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility is to give taxpayers a voice in Austin in the face of the powerful forces that lobby for more spending. Is there a way to determine whether fiscally conservative organizations or groups that advocate more government have greater concern for taxpayers?
˜Local Control’ Poor Excuse For High Taxes
Local bureaucrats and their Austin apologists have found the ‘local control’ religion, but only as a...
You Can Vote Today to Return the Surplus
In a matter of months, your legislator will hopefully, after hearing from you, vote to return the surplus to taxpayers. However, you can vote today in an online poll sponsored by the Houston Business Journal which asks respondents how the Texas surplus should be allocated.