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Transporting Taxes

At this moment, everyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are the target of a massive tax increase effort in the Legislature. For example, they could be on the hook for an $8,700 “parking fee” just for having a car! And gas taxes will be set to rise faster than...

Tax Relief, Not Stimulus Money, Needed In Texas

A group of Democratic legislators just concluded a press conference calling on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to accept and use more of the federal stimulus money. But the president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility says this "California-based prescription" will make things...

Paper, Plastic Or Regulation?

It's hard to disagree with the notion that some lawmakers just don't operate on the same planet as the rest of us. Consider House Bill 1867, filed by State Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas). This remarkable example of government micromanagement would regulate the bagging...

Texas Independence

Happy Independence Day! Texas Independence Day, that is. We should pause to consider not only the blessings of our great state, but the dedication of those who declared our freedom on March 2, 1836. Update your flash software if the video does not appear here. Texas...

Tea, Anyone?

What started as a reporter’s unscripted rant on a cable news channel is turning into a movement. In cities across the nation, informal “tea parties” are being planned for Friday, Feb. 27, to protest the stimulus packages and out-of-control spending. Such gatherings...

Yes, They Will Listen

Taxpayer outrage forced the City of Houston to cancel a program that would have seen taxpayer-funds used to pay off other people's credit card debt -- all in the name of encouraging folks with bad credit scores to have ready access to home mortgages. Apparently the...

Texas Should Forgo Ellis’ Proposal

Now is not the time for state leadership to lose their heads and begin enacting laws that would increase taxation by expanding programs. But that's exactly what State Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) is proposing. Ellis suggests that we 1) “modernize” the way we...

the Texas Sovereignty Resolution

Texas has become the latest state to introduce a resolution regarding the 10th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. House Concurrent Resolution 50 simply recognizes that the individual states can claim sovereignty on all matters that are not specifically granted to the...

Or Maybe We Will Take It…

Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been one of most vocal critics of the federal porkulus package, so it was a shock to see headlines screaming that Perry was asking President Obama for a big slice. Is it time to pounce on this breach of fiscal faith? As it turns out, Perry is...

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