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Stealth Tax Elections – in September

Thanks to a quirk of the Texas Tax Code, there are some tax hikes on the ballot - in September!  We have quite a few tax and bond elections happening down ballot in November, but I caught wind today of two specific tax elections happening on September 1 and September...

Sticking College Kids with Yet Another Mandate

I believe in vaccinations.  I think it's a good idea to take precautionary measures against potentially devastating diseases, particularly those that pass easily from person to person. But I squirm about government inserting itself and mandating vaccines, and I...

Texas Red Tape Challenge Cuts to the Chase

It is not difficult to frame oneself as a cost-cutting conservative using a few budget tricks.  Move money from one agency to the next, keep budget line-items at smaller amounts than requested, use accounting gimmicks.  But to actually be a cost-cutting conservative,...

Medicaid Fraud Worse than Common Toothache

Even laughing gas wouldn't make this funny.  The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) this week picked up a story about Medicaid fraud perpetrated by at least 26 dentist and orthodontists across Texas (originally brought to light by WFAA's Byron Harris in...

Deferred Action Op Ed

Deferred action has always been available to immigrants for special or humanitarian reasons, and law enforcement at every governmental level has always enjoyed so-called prosecutorial discretion. However, we have never seen a deferred action program systematized and...

Accounting Troubles Continue in La Marque

A few weeks ago, La Marque city officials were apprised of a half million dollar budget deficit, even after a tax increase is applied in the coming fiscal year.  Now comes the news that La Marque is unable to account for as much as $2 million in federal disaster...

The Power of the Private Sector

Another push for a high-speed train across Texas may soon be in the works, but it’s unlike your typical billion-dollar boondoggle proposal. This rail-line would be completely constructed and operated by a private company – without the use of tax dollars. It almost...

The Rising Cost of Higher Education

School is just around the corner and for nearly every student returning to a public university in Texas something will be noticeably different - their costs have increased!  But wait, I thought the point of public universities was to provide Texans with a quality...