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Congratulations: Your Pork Wins!

Seriously, way to go TxDOT. Sure, you guys miscounted $1 billion. You've said you cannot build roads again because you're broke. But, hey, you did just win 15 excellence in advertising awards! According to the Texas Government Insider, TxDOT received the award from...

Dew-ing What?

So the Democrats line with the state's projected surplus is they support giving our money back “when we can afford to." If that line sounds disturbingly familiar, it’s probably because our Republican Lt. Governor, David Dewhurst, was singing that song back in 2007....

Give It Back

Year after year, the State of Texas has produced budget surpluses – more money than government needs. Most egregiously, the state had a $14.3 billion surplus in 2007; a chunk of it was spent on bigger government, and chunk was put in an unsecured “tax relief” account...

Sanity Check

"Are the Republicans crazy?," asks Houston's Steven Hotze in a commentary this week. Not a bad question to ask, considering the growing outcry from small-business owners around the state as they see the impact of Texas' new business tax taking effect. That this...

Ethically Challenged

An age-old practice in the Texas House is finally being exposed to sunlight, and the practitioners are scrambling to defend themselves. Like johns caught in a prostitution sting, legislators who've been putting political cronies on the payroll for lucrative public...

New Business Tax Too Taxing

Many business are bracing for the worst when they file their new gross margins tax report on June 15. Consider Mesquite-based Alco Glass, which reported a loss of $18,000 in 2007, but will owe $6,000 in margin taxes, which will require them to take out a loan. All...

TxDOT: Roads No, Parks Yes

Not too long ago the Texas Department of Transportation said it didn’t have enough money to build roads. Plum out of cash. But now comes word from Dallas that TxDOT is spending $20 million to build a 5-acre park. That’s better be one heck of park. And, by the way, the...

Who’ll Be A Leader?

Conservatives in Texas are fed up with out of control property taxes, spending that's going through the roof, and a new business tax created to satiate the demands of growing government. That's why 92 percent of Republican primary voters said on the March ballot that...

No Control For You

Republicans seeking to make substantive policy reforms face as their chief obstacle, all too often, Republican elected officials. These "Republicans" like to say they believe in fiscal restraint and local control – just not when it stands in the way of spending your...

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