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Taxpayers Take The Fun Out Of Taxing

You gotta feel sorry for the San Antonio ISD school board president. He wants to increase spending -- but “the downside to all this is having to go to the voters... That's what's really troubling us.” Yep, it's a real hassle, having to get voters to approve more taxes...

A New Rubric

Superintendent Jennings Teel and Navasota ISD trustees were chastised by teachers at a school board meeting on Monday. The teachers claimed that the group had dealt with them in a caviler manner and had exhibited generally poor decision making abilities. The merit of...

Taking North Texas Taxpayers for a Ride

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports today that North Texas officials will ask the Legislature to authorize a huge hike in the vehicle registration fee - as much as $105 more per year - to bankroll an expansion of light rail. For consumers already struggling with high...

Superintendent Spend-n-Whine Fest

Houston had a lot of expensive whine this week -- from money-hungry superintendents intent on spending a lot more of your money. And they'll spend every dollar they can get. Since 2000, public school revenues have grown 60 percent, even though the student population...

Clearly The Fiscal Creek Is Rising

Taxpayers in Clear Creek Independent School District, in Galveston County, are facing a $9.2 million tax hike. The superintendent, with a straight face, tells the local newspaper the schools have "exercised significant restraint." Sounds nice, but that's not what the...

Relish This

As part of an effort to trim the county budget, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez is cutting condiments from the budget. Prisoners will have to go without mustard, ketchup, sweeteners and jelly -- saving taxpayers $150,000. Her office might also charge inmates for...

That’s Some Banjo Hall

Taxpayers in Midland and Odessa -- along with the rest of us -- are shelling out big bucks for a new "performing arts" center to be built between the two cities. The facility, which is described as standing "90 feet tall at its center, far surpassing the height of the...

French Fashion Show Tops Spring Branch ISD’s Wasteful Spending

Conservatives in Texas often talk about how wasteful our government school system can be, yet we rarely find a gem as perfectly flawed as two stories that appeared recently in the Houston Chronicle. On May 1, the Chronicle breathlessly reported “Spring Branch ISD...