84th Legislative Session Archives - Texas Scorecard
Addition and Placation

Addition and Placation

House budget writers added an additional $800 million to the 2016-17 budget plan on Wednesday in an effort to increase education spending. This brings the House’s proposed education spending to a total of $3 billion, well beyond the $2.2 billion that’s needed to...
Bills Filed To Eliminate Taxes

Bills Filed To Eliminate Taxes

Legislators have filed bills seeking to repeal a slurry of petty and outdated taxes. For many of these taxes, administrative costs currently exceed revenue collections gained, making them highly inefficient. Others exist merely as burdensome relics of failed...
Conservative Mandate Gets Red-Light

Conservative Mandate Gets Red-Light

The Texas House gaveled the 84th Legislature into session Tuesday afternoon and the election of a speaker headlined the agenda. Conservative and Tea Party Republicans, frustrated with a moderate-to-outright-liberal speaker with a proven track record of killing...
Spending Cap Sophistry

Spending Cap Sophistry

With the 84th session of the Texas Legislature still over a month away, big-spending politicians are already scheming on how to massively expand the next state budget, all while claiming fiscal discipline. The main obstacle to the grow-government crowd is our...