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Frisco ISD Pads Construction Costs, Gouges Taxpayers

We’ve previously criticized school districts for not discussing the total costs of bonds, which include interest expense.  And although the total cost of Frisco ISD’s $775 million package could reach $1.3 billion, there’s serious concerns regarding the bloated costs...

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Hall E-Mail Reveals Truth in UT Scandal

Yesterday evening the Austin American Statesman published an email between University of Texas Regents Wallace Hall and Paul Foster, in which Hall lays out his explanation of why he has been so dogged in his pursuit of reform at UT, even in the face of attacks from...

State Investigates UNT’s Budget Blunder, Misuse of Funds

In a report distributed to UNT’s Board of Regents, several concerns were raised by System Chancellor, Lee Jackson.  The Dallas Morning News published the following quote: “Since 2011, but in some cases possibly before that date, UNT staff presented revenue estimates...

Political Intimidation

The 2010 Citizens United decision by the U.S. Supreme Court changed the law of the land to allow non-profit advocacy organizations to participate in “political speech.” These advocacy groups are called 501(c) (4) corporations under IRS rules and exist to advocate on...

False Choices, Attacks & Frantic Fiefdoms

Individual taxpayers are often placed at a disadvantage when it comes to weighing in on state and local policy decisions.  Perhaps it’s because, in addition to single-digit voter turnout, big government programs often target a minority of beneficiaries at the expense...

TPPF Says Frisco ISD’s Bond Could Cost $1.3 Billion

The Texas Public Policy Foundation recently highlighted Frisco ISD’s bond proposal, set to appear on May’s local ballot.  The brief paper is appropriately titled, “A Profile in Runaway Debt: Frisco ISD's $775 Million Bond Proposal”. Not only did their analysis...

Beaumont ISD officials need friends like UT has in Austin

On Monday I brought listeners the news that the TEA had taken over scandal plagued Beaumont ISD. Jon Cassidy, writing at Watchdog.org, had a piece Tuesday that well documents just how bad the situation is and how even the Federal Department of Justice has played a...

Craig Bickley: Tarrant Regional Water District, Trustee

In advance of the 2014 local elections, Texans For Fiscal Responsibility today endorsed Craig Bickley in his bid for Trustee of the Tarrant Regional Water District. Ross Kecseg, the TFR Metroplex office director, applauded Bickley. “The TRWD has drawn criticism for...

Battleground TX Finds A Poster Child

Battleground Texas has high hopes of “turning Texas blue” by registering new voters as Democrats. And while it’s unlikely their efforts will be sufficient to overcome the conservative bias among Texans, the Wendy Davis ticket may increase Democrat turnout in November,...