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Committee Assignments . . . Finally!

Being a political novice, I didn’t know that assigning House committees would take this long, but then again, there are 37 freshmen in the Texas House. Things were already going well in Texas when Republicans achieved a supermajority in the House with 101 members out...

Go For Bold

If there were ever a time for conservatives in the Texas House to act boldly in achieving good, common-sense public policy, now is it. We sit at the apex of two great historic tides in the Lone Star State. First, we have an electorate that in November responded to...

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Superintendent Salaries Are A Statewide Problem

Everyone's heard the doomsday scenario: Budget shortfalls are imminent for school districts across the state and the only way these cash-strapped entities can make due is fire teachers. Never-mind that superintendent salaries and benefits have actually been steadily...

Rick Perry: Boogeyman AND Superman?

While most everyone in Texas was freezing last week, Governor Rick Perry was in California to celebrate President Ronald Reagan’s centennial in addition to promoting Texas’ friendly business environment. Texas Democrats, however, were not amused. For some reason,...

Re-Setting Committee Chairs

At first blush, House Speaker Joe Straus’ new committee chairs indicate he heard the message voters sent in November -- welcome news for taxpayers. Perhaps the biggest win is seeing liberal Rene Oliveira removed from the Ways & Means chairmanship, replaced by...

Don’t Break Open The Piggy Bank

Does your home budget-making process begin with the question, "how much should I take out of savings this month?" - Didn't think so… But apparently, it's a common starting point for some in the Texas legislature faced with making tough budget decisions. Whether at...

Perry: Texas Is Strong

In his 'State of the State' address before the Legislature, Texas Gov. Rick Perry stuck to his very prudent guns by urging passage of a budget balanced by spending cuts, and free from tax increases. "Texas," he said, "is still the envy of the nation." A boast-free...

SB18: Protecting Property Rights?

With the Texas Senate moving at a speedy clip, property rights are the primary focus this week. But will property rights actually be protected by Senate Bill 18? It needs work. It’s been almost six years since the US Supreme Court all but vacated fundamental property...

POLL: Texans Strongly Support Budget-Cutters

Legislators working to reduce spending have strong re-election support from voters in both parties, while tax-hikers are strongly opposed. The results underscore November’s election, in which voters demanded fiscal responsibility. “While some pundits are trying...