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All for outrageous spending by Fort Worth area schools stand up and holler. The Star Telegram is reporting that five schools in Fort Worth will be sending their football teams to Abilene at a cost of more than $1500 per trip and that amount only covers the fuel for the eight buses "needed".

Taking North Texas Taxpayers for a Ride

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 gas prices, will this drive them over the edge?

Judge, You’ve Got a Deal..Revenue Caps for All Levels of Government

Judge, You’ve Got a Deal..Revenue Caps for All Levels of Government

Milam County Judge Frank Summers has an interesting editorial this week in the Cameron County Herald. While he expresses mixed feelings on revenue caps, he ultimately says he’ll support them if they apply to all levels of government, and that sounds good to us.

Obama’s Texas Plans

Further confirmation that Barack Obama will be dumping millions of dollars into Texas was noted in the Houston Chronicle this week. His goal isn’t to win Texas this year, but to swing state house and senate seats so his chosen candidates will gerrymander the Legislature into the grips of liberal tax-and-spenders.

Where Your Education Money Goes

Teachers in north Texas are spending tax dollars for retreats at the Gaylord Texan resort and convention center in nearby Grapevine. They’ll be staying at the expensive convention complex, hearing from motivational speakers, and blowing a big wad of cash intended to raise test scores.

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 has grown only 15 percent. And yet the Texas School Alliance complains that "property tax relief" erodes their ability to tax-and-spend without fetter. Um, yes, that’s the point.

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 record shows. School revenues are have risen 60 percent since 2001, even though the district only has 18 percent more students. Where’s the money going? Hint: not the classroom.

NCSL Round-Up

Unlike most states, Texas is fairing fairly well the national economic downturn. That was the presentation State Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton) made last week at the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Taxing Ignorance

Thousands of Texans are supporting efforts to abolish the school property tax and replace it with a fair sales tax… But you’d never know it from the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal today, which not only misrepresents the effort and its background, but lets Republican State Sen. Robert Duncan talk about imposing a new state income tax.

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 pickles, trimming another $84,000. But considering the county asked her to find $6 million in cuts, Sheriff Lupe is going to have to do better than that.

When Times Are Tough, Tax-n-Spend Away

School districts around the state are crying poverty — and hiking your taxes. But just like the studies showing how many welfare recipients own DVD players, cell phones and late-model cars, we would be wise as taxpayers to start demanding a little cleaner view of how school districts are spending the money they already get.

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 nearby Highway 191 overpass on Farm-to-Market Road 1788,” is expected to cost $89 million.

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