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Why Not Number One?

Why Not Number One?

Texans take pride in our state’s frequent “Best in America” characterization when it comes to job creation. It should come as a surprise then that we are not rated the number one tax climate for business. According to the 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index,...
Surplus of hindsight

Surplus of hindsight

State Legislators banking on a healthy state budget surplus to ease funding tensions next session are in for an unexpected comeuppance. A major state employee benefit system for retired teachers is in danger of imminent insolvency. A surprising twist to this problem...
Are ISDs Breaking The Law?

Are ISDs Breaking The Law?

The 83rd Texas Legislature overwhelming passed a bill explicitly prohibiting the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) in K-12 schools. In fact, an original version passed the House 140-2. Following Governor Perry’s signature of HB 462,...
Session Ends With a Wince

Session Ends With a Wince

With all key pieces of the budget puzzle squarely in place, the regular session of the 83rd Regular Session adjourned sine die (“without another day”) yesterday. This session will be remembered for the dramatic increase in spending, little reforms, and lackluster tax...
The Void of Conservative Leadership

The Void of Conservative Leadership

Expecting bold leadership from your state legislators this session? Don’t get your hopes up. If the first 80 days have been any indication, lawmakers are more interested in maintaining the status quo with bigger government than enacting commonsense conservative policy...
Twenty-Two Town Halls

Twenty-Two Town Halls

One upcoming legislator is going above and beyond to make sure all of his constituents have a chance to voice their opinions before session starts. State Rep. Drew Springer will be holding 22 townhalls over the next two days. No, that’s not a typo. State Rep. Elect...
Making Texas Strong

Making Texas Strong

The TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee released their legislative priorities for the 83rd Session today, calling on the state to implement the five points of the Texas Budget Compact, reduce the size and scope of government to its constitutionally-defined roles, and...
Metroplex Conservatives Are Listening

Metroplex Conservatives Are Listening

Taxpayers in the DFW area will have a chance to voice their thoughts and concerns to their legislators about the 83rd Legislative Session soon. Many of the newly elected conservatives in the Metroplex are taking time to hold townhalls before they head to Austin in...
Dewhurst Doubles Down

Dewhurst Doubles Down

Photo above by Texas Tribune (5/29/2011) After the Legislative Budget Board meeting two weeks ago, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has gone deeper on record affirming his desire for the State Senate to pass a budget that keeps spending below the rate of population plus...
Test for Unintended Consequences First

Test for Unintended Consequences First

With the 83rd Legislature quickly approaching, several Republican members of the state Senate have made headlines with a pre-filed bill calling for drug testing of welfare recipients. While the idea of limiting abuse of any taxpayer subsided welfare program is...
First Look at Pre-Filed Bills

First Look at Pre-Filed Bills

Pre-filing for bills in the 83rd Legislature has already begun. Here’s a look at some notable pieces of legislation so far. Good HB 88 by Bill Callegari – this would set a constitutional limit on the rate of growth of approprations to no more than the sum of...
Patricia Harless is Scared of You

Patricia Harless is Scared of You

State Rep. Patricia Harless is scared of you. Well, at least not in the way she should be. The Republican from Spring is scared of having grassroots conservatives like yourself in control of the speaker’s dais. Given the electoral fate of those who’ve stood by Speaker...
Time for Townhalls

Time for Townhalls

With the general election now behind us, Texas is now only two months away from the start of the 83rd Legislative Session—the tone of which will be determined by the very first vote cast in state’s lower chamber. Will Republicans uphold the party platform and conduct...