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Faster Than A Speeding Bullet

If you woke up this morning feeling like your pocket was being picked, you shouldn't be surprised -- the new state fiscal year arrived with a roar. The budget approved by the Legislature is spending your money at the rate of $2,417.18 per second. Just 8 hours and 40...

Lege to Taxpayers: Shut Up

Kudos to Gov. Rick Perry for an unheralded veto that saved one of Texas' few local taxpayer protections. He stopped legislation that would not only have allowed unchecked tax increases, but would have effectively disenfranchised Texas' voting taxpayers. The...

Energy Taxes Today Hurt Us Tomorrow

What do you do when the price of an essential commodity has risen so high that it fuels inflation, devastates family budgets and threatens the economy?  Obviously, you raise taxes on it, causing its price to go up even more! At least, that’s what you do if the...

Advertising Government

When government resorts to advertising its programs and services, that’s a sure sign government has gotten just a little too big.  Texas bureaucrats spend millions every year advertising the Children’s Health Insurance Program and other welfare assistance...

Texas School Districts Plotting Property Tax Rate Increases

The San Antonio Express-News reports that numerous school districts in San Antonio and around the state are preparing to ask their voters to approve tax rate increases.  One such district is San Antonio ISD which is on the verge of seeking a tax rate increase even...

State Rep. Tells Court: I Know Nothing

In what is either a rare act of political honesty or an unbelievable admission of dereliction of duty, or both, State Rep. Fred Hill (R-Richardson) swore under oath that he doesn’t know anything about the state’s existing spending limit. Odd, considering he has...

Lawmaker Math

You might recall a few weeks ago I noted that the Legislature's new $3 billion-over-10-year cancer fund was probably not going to accomplish much more than spend a lot of your money. Not my opinion, but that of scientists actually in the field.  "(T)he question is how...

School Tax Scam

Here's a nice little scam floating around school districts: claiming credit for cutting taxes when they haven’t. You’ll remember that the Legislature bought down school “maintenance & operations” property taxes to $1, using proceeds from their new business tax....