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Survey Reveals Texas Cities Waste Money

Hot air has arrived before summer, as the City of Austin has paid $20,000 in public funds for a survey of the public on global warming, which asks questions such as "whether you will be affected by climate change." It also asks respondents to say what the difference...

Water To Nowhere

It is possible for a city to spend half-a-billion dollars over 25 years for an as-yet unbuilt facility. Just ask the Austin City Council, which seems intent on doing just that. In the mid-1980s, the city planned to spend $165 million to build a water treatment plant....

More Self

Yesterday I had the privilidge of speaking in Collin County at an event hosted by the chambers of commerce. The real treat, though, was getting to hear County Judge Keith Self address economic policy and fiscal reform. We'll have more on him in the coming days, but...

Anti-Taxpayer League

West Texans probably felt their wallets being picked this week, as government-growers and tax-hikers went to Odessa in an effort to prop up the frail candidacy of Buddy West in a Republican run-off. West got kudos from anti-taxpayer lawmakers like Delwin Jones of...

Policing The Books

Austin Police have been wrongly spending money seized during the course of investigations – violating state and federal laws governing the way those dollars can be used. Who called in the budget cops? Austin’s own chief of police. According to today’s Austin...

Oh No Vo

State Rep. Herbert Vo is being accused of accepting illegal corporate campaign contributions. The Democratic state representative from Houston allegedly got a company to offer discount coupons on clothes when someone gave money to his campaign. Right about now Mr. Vo...

Tyroch Campaign Stifles Free Speech

In the House District 55 race, Martha Tyroch’s campaign advisors demanded that YouTube pull a parody of her campaign ad, claiming a “copyright violation.” YouTube removed the piece this morning. The parody, created by the Empower Texans PAC, highlighted Tyroch’s...

Taxpayer-Funded Skate Park and Gym in Austin and Tomball

On Tuesday, Austinites can attend a forum on the design of a new $1.25 million BMX/skate park that was approved by voters as part of a larger bond in 2006. Meanwhile, the town of Tomball is considering spending $4 to $12 million in taxpayer funds on a sports arena,...

DFW Could Be on Fast Track to Higher Taxes

A Dallas Morning News editorial today indicates that proposals for new taxes to fund rail expansion have gone beyond the 1 cent sales tax increase to include a bevy of additional options, such as significant increases in the fuel tax and vehicle registration fee, as...