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Comptroller Delivers Despite Legislative Failure

We recently criticized the state for creating a hopelessly complex information maze that keeps unsuspecting Texans in the dark, and enables local officials to further fuel their borrowing addiction. The State Comptroller’s office, headed by transparency champion Susan...

Water Board Shrouded in Secrecy

Despite previous claims from district board members, staff and legal counsel, the Tarrant Regional Water District is required by law to make committee meetings open to the public. Until very recently the public was not notified of, or allowed to attend, these...

Taxpayers Bamboozled Over Bonds

The issuance of debt by government officials is a passive form of taxation, because debt issued today will require taxes on future income.  And because borrowing requires the payment of interest, the cost to taxpayers is typically twice the amount borrowed and spent....

Murphy Turner & Associates Ordered To Pay $41,000 Bill

A state district judge in Bexar County today ordered Murphy Turner & Associates to pay $41,000 in discovery costs in a trademark infringement case. The lawsuit results from alleged infringement on the Empower Texans name "Texans for Fiscal Responsibility." The suit...

FWISD: Doubling Down on Costly Debt Addiction

Despite severe warnings about heavy debt from the state’s comptroller, cities and schools have responded by proposing more of the same. Studies from the Texas Public Policy Foundation and elsewhere find that Texans face a local-debt epidemic, driven by local school...

Ethics Commission Breaks Law, Hides from Sunlight

Attorneys working on behalf of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and its president, Michael Quinn Sullivan, today filed a lawsuit against the Texas Ethics Commission for violating the state’s Open Records laws. The commission has become a tool of a few powerful...

Will Dallas City Council Propagate ‘Uber’ Nonsense?

The development of new products via technological innovation is revolutionizing the world. Technology is also providing innovative solutions to replace old transportation systems that only corrupt government bureaucrats are bold enough to fight. Uber, a technology...

Harris County: Layers on Layers of Bureaucracy

“We must raise taxes so the public education system can survive! It’s for the children!” is an all-too-common rationale heard screeching from government entities across the nation, lately. Last year, San Antonio mayor Julian Castro proposed a plan to create a new...