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Analysis: Real People Are Hurting

Analysis: Real People Are Hurting

Most Tuesday mornings, the Texas Minute—our weekday email publication—includes the One-Click Survey. It’s almost always a question about policy or politics, oftentimes tinged with a bit of humor. We ask readers to not only “click” an answer, but to then reply with...
New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

Dear Reader, I want to share with you our New Year’s Resolutions at Empower Texans. Communications experts say you should never repeat an accusation that is made against you. I hold to that as a good practice, but let me this one time repeat the accusation many in the...
Is Beer To-Go A True Victory for Craft Brewers?

Is Beer To-Go A True Victory for Craft Brewers?

Craft brewers and beer distributors have reached a compromise on beer to-go legislation. Is it a victory for Texas consumers? It’s a fight that has been waging on in the background of the Texas Capitol for years. Small craft beer breweries have battled with a goliath...
Governing Differences

Governing Differences

We’ll be releasing the 2017 Fiscal Responsibility Index this week. While the public release is set for 2pm on Wednesday, we thought we’d share the “top-lines” with you today. All votes included on the Index were announced in advance, and focus – as the name implies –...
Too Much Not Done

Too Much Not Done

On the 140th day of the legislative session, the last day for work to be completed under Texas’ constitution, we generally start gearing up for the release of the Fiscal Responsibility Index, which measures lawmakers’ records on fiscal and governance issues. Not this...
House Failure

House Failure

With just hours left in the 85th regular session of the Texas Legislature, lawmakers will be heading home with tales of their governing prowess. For members of the Texas House, that’s exactly what it will be: tall tales. The House failed to deliver on key reforms...
Updates: Bad Bill of the Week with State Rep. Stickland

Updates: Bad Bill of the Week with State Rep. Stickland

Throughout the course of the 85th Legislative Session, going back to the 15th of January, State Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) and conservative grassroots activists have helped to bring down various different pieces of big-government, freedom crippling pieces of...
Tax Hikes Defeated in the Texas House

Tax Hikes Defeated in the Texas House

Texans fed up with property taxes got a glimmer of hope last night in the Texas House. The measure on the agenda? HB 506 by Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin) which would have permitted school property tax rates to rise up to an additional 10 cents per $100 of valuation....
Property Tax Hikes in the Texas House

Property Tax Hikes in the Texas House

Nobody may have campaigned on higher property taxes last election cycle, but legislators are poised to encourage them in the Texas House. On the calendar for Wednesday is legislation that would permit up to 20% increases of certain school district property tax...