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84th Taxes

Along with strict spending limits, one of our founding policy interests has been to see the state’s business “margins” tax reformed and reduced to the point of elimination. This 84th Session of the Texas Legislature finally saw definitive action on the measure. Both...

Post Oak Bus Lanes

Imagine a gridlocked Rodeo Drive, or 5th Avenue in NYC filled with frustrated commuters. Speckled in this congestion are nearly empty buses intended to ease the traffic but are, instead, exacerbating the problem. That is what many in Houston are envisioning when...

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Limited Budget Growth

Within the next day or two, members of the Texas Senate and House will finalize a state budget. Remarkably, it is one that meets the minimum threshold of “not spending everything.” Last year, conservative groups joined together as the “Conservative Texas Budget...

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Cook Pushes New Filming Ban

Under legislation passed late last night by Texas House Democrats and a minority of the GOP caucus, it would be unlawful for citizens or journalists to record conversations with lawmakers at the Capitol without the consent of the politicians. Of course, Texans living...

Red Light Camera Ban Ushers in New Mayor

Local activists in Arlington pushing to ban the controversial red-light cameras emerged victorious in May, spurring record turnout for the city in which there was also a contested mayoral election. Nearly 2,000 new voters and over 7,000 new municipal voters made their...

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Weakened Campus Carry Bill Proceeds

Half an hour before midnight, when pending legislation would have died to legislative deadlines, the Texas House passed a measure that would expand concealed carry on college campuses. Though the measure passed with a bipartisan majority of (101-47), the road to...

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The Republican Who Protected Unions (And Democrats)

It’s an issue that united small business, big business, the Republican establishment, and the conservative grassroots. It drew the ire of the Democratic Party and labor unions. The legislative initiative was killed not by parliamentary tricks organized by Democrats,...

Taylor Criticizes House ‘Distortion’ Of Ethics Package

State Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano) expressed astonishment on Wednesday night for the elimination of meaningful ethics reforms of elected officials in the House. Instead of finding additional opportunities for ethics reform focused on elected officials, the House elected...

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