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 He was the lead author of HB735, which eliminated the outdated and no longer needed TIF tax on telephone service.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 the 80th legislative session.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."