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Texas to Implement Buoy Border Barriers

Texas to Implement Buoy Border Barriers

“Ultimately, static barriers alone will not solve the problem of crossings between ports of entry,” said Chris Russo, president of Texans for Strong Borders.

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Less Money To Play With

A worsening national economy means Texas lawmakers are going to have almost $9 billion less in tax money to spend this Session than last. Talmadge Heflin over at the Texas Public Policy Foundation says the "Legislature needs to demonstrate leadership this year by...

Teen Voting

State Rep. Hubert Vo wants to let 17-year-olds vote in party primaries. The Houston Democrat/slumlord introduced a Constitutional Amendment 34 that will let anyone vote in the primaries who "will be 18 years of age or older on the date of the subsequent general...

Dinosaurs In The Capitol

Every Session bills are filed in the Texas House that range from the humorous to the inane. But of all the work lawmakers face this Session, none might be less relevant to modern life than re-desingating the official state dinosaur. Didn't know we had one, did you?...

Trans-Texas Corrosion

A few days ago, Texas Transportation Department director Amadeo Saenz announced, “the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) as it is known, will no longer exist”. The TTC was an extremely controversial toll road plan that has drawn negative attention to both TxDOT and Governor...

Dewhurst Got It Right

Two years ago I was frustrated that Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst didn't support using some of the surplus on immediate tax relief. Dewhurst said he was worried that the national economy would continue to decline and it would affect the Lone Star State. As it turns out,...

Lest Anyone Forget

The author of the first tax-killing legislation in recent memory? Joe Straus of San Antonio. He was the lead author of HB735, which eliminated the outdated and no longer needed TIF tax on telephone service. That was one of the best pieces of legislation to come out of...

Everything Should Be On The Table

There can be no sacred cows in the state's budget -- and that includes public education. Lawmakers will come to Austin with a softening national economy and the effects are being felt in the Permanent School Fund, which draws investment income from state mineral...

Raise Those Gas Taxes

Just what we need: higher taxes. But that’s what the El Paso Times wants, er, um, that’s what they say an Oil Paso oil man wants. Not the newspaper, no sir. The editorial board is just wants everyone to “stop and think” about the silly proposals of Western Refining...

Straus It Is!

Unless something unexpected happens (which has defined the process up until now), the next speaker of the Texas House will be Joe Straus (R-San Antonio). He this evening surpassed 98 pledges of support (needing only 76) and the remaining Republican candidates bowed...

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