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Is Lege’s School Rate Cut Driving Higher School Taxes?

It's an inconvenient truth, but not only did the legislature's effort to buy-down school property tax rates not result in lower tax bills (because they left the appraisal process untouched), but it has lead to higher school taxes. At least one elected official is...

Proposition 2 Shows the Problems with Higher Education Finance

In 2003, the State Legislature passed the tuition deregulation plan which gave university systems the ability to raise their own tuition rates. Previously, the tuition rates for state universities were controlled by the State Legislature. We were assured by university...

Merry Christmas

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is under fire from environmental groups because of his decision to sell the so-called “Christmas Mountains” which abut Big Bend National Park in far west Texas. Patterson rightly believes that the land will be better...

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No Headline: Conservatives Press For Sanity

Seventeen members of the Texas House have sent a letter to Texas' delegation to the U.S. Congress, urging them to sustain the President's veto of the massive expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program. Don't expect the letter to make the newspapers -- they...

Headline: Socialists (Heart) Big Government

Newspapers around the state are breathlessly reporting that the Marxist-leaning Center for Public Policy Priorities thinks a massive national expansion of the Children's Health Insurance Program is good for Texas. Of course, these are the same people who think you...

Spying On Motorists?

The Texas Department of Transportation has been saying they’re broke, and cannot afford to build new roads. On the other hand, they have engaged in a multi-million-dollar advertising campaign to convince taxpayers to embrace new transportation policies. Now we find...

State Flush With Cash; Still No Additional Tax Relief

Texas’ budget surplus has grown even more. State employees will get a pay raise, taxpayers? Still nothing. The Office of the Comptroller announced yesterday that the state is bringing in $1.5 billion in additional revenues – over and above the previously announced...