Corporate Welfare

End The Wind Subsidy

End The Wind Subsidy

Legislation going before the Texas Senate this week would end the state mandate forcing Texans to purchase expensive, inefficient wind and other so-called "renewable" energy sources. Because generating power from wind is notoriously fickle and expensive, government...

Curtain Drop on Cronyism

Curtain Drop on Cronyism

Though corporate welfare is popular with some politicians, it’s a practice that taxpayers have been opposing for quite some time. This legislative session, one lawmaker has taken the lead to end one of the most egregious examples. State Rep. Matt Shaheen (R-Plano) has...

Eternal Life

Eternal Life

A belief that our state government wastes money on pet projects is a truism of modern Texas politics. Despite a displeased frustration with well-funded political favoritism, taxpayers may not know the major reason why elected officials continually defend it: organized...

Bonds for Crony Contractors, Not Kids

Bonds for Crony Contractors, Not Kids

Not only did Keller ISD conduct a pre-bond campaign research poll specifically designed to manipulate November's voters in potential conflict with state law, but the crony contractors they will hire if the proposition passes are also funding the pro-bond PAC operating...

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...

Hungry for Taxpayer Handouts

Hungry for Taxpayer Handouts

A popular political bumper sticker reads, “If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention.” Citizens of the small, Central Texas town of Taylor now have a reason to do both: Taylor’s City Council has given away over $200,000 in tax money to build a pizza restaurant...

Gears: The Crony That Won’t Quit

Gears: The Crony That Won’t Quit

The Dallas Morning News released a soft-ball piece on Irving’s Mayoral race between the incumbent, Beth Van Duyne, and her opponent, former Mayor and City Councilman, Herb Gears.  It focused on the lack of bitterness between campaigns this cycle, in stark contrast to...

Students Arrested Protesting Bill Powers

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Students Arrested Protesting Bill Powers

Yesterday 18 University of Texas students were arrested after occupying the office of UT President Bill Powers in opposition to a University initiative for “shared services,” a euphemism for administrative consolidation and out-sourcing. The group protested after...

David vs. Goliath

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David vs. Goliath

Despite long odds for his conservative challenger, liberal Republican State Senator Bob Deuell is in the fight of his political life. According to Texas Ethics Commission reports, Deuell astronomically outspent his conservative challenger, entrepreneur and Tea Party...