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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...
Jane Nelson Not Seeking Re-Election to Texas Senate

Jane Nelson Not Seeking Re-Election to Texas Senate

This article was updated to include a statement by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick. On Monday, State Sen. Jane Nelson announced that she will not seek re-election to the Texas Senate. Nelson currently represents Texas Senate District 12, which includes parts of Denton and...
Fiscal Responsibility Index: Tarrant County

Fiscal Responsibility Index: Tarrant County

Tarrant County taxpayers can feel some pride about the scores earned by some delegates they sent to Austin in the 2019 Fiscal Responsibility Index, but they may have some serious concerns about others. The most anti-taxpayer representatives from Tarrant County were...
Lawmakers’ Greed Saved Taxpayers Millions

Lawmakers’ Greed Saved Taxpayers Millions

In the final days of the legislative session, lawmakers were hustling to reach a compromise on legislation to expand the eligibility of a corporate welfare program. But because they couldn’t stop bickering over which cronies should get the cash, the bill suffered...
Senate Unanimously Votes to Bust Conservative Budget

Senate Unanimously Votes to Bust Conservative Budget

In yet another slap in the face to the taxpayers who elected them, the Texas Senate voted on Tuesday to approve a budget that grows state spending beyond Texans’ ability to pay for it. And not a single senator objected. When the Senate Finance Committee, led by State...
Bill to Raise Smoking Age Headed to Senate Floor

Bill to Raise Smoking Age Headed to Senate Floor

A bill to raise the age for purchasing tobacco products was voted out of the Senate State Affairs Committee on Monday by the narrow margin of 5-4. Authored by the committee’s chairman State Sen. Joan Huffman (R–Houston), the bill passed with the support of both...
Texas Senate Proposes Temporary Property Tax Relief

Texas Senate Proposes Temporary Property Tax Relief

Unlike the Texas Senate’s robust homestead exemption plan from 2015—which the Texas House watered down before passing—the upper chamber of the Texas Legislature is now proposing a failed approach that would not provide permanent tax relief. Perhaps the most...
Senate Unanimously Votes to Bust Conservative Budget

Texas Senate Goes on Supplemental Spending Spree

Three major items have now been heard in the Texas Senate, and three times lawmakers have unanimously bucked taxpayers and voted for bigger government. The latest example is Wednesday’s action approving a $6 billion supplemental budget. Senate Bill 500 by State...

Increased State Spending Must Result in Lower School Taxes

Nearly $4 billion. That’s the current price tag of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s proposal to increase public school teachers’ annual salaries by $5,000 across the board, a proposal before the Texas Senate in the form of State Sen. Jane Nelson’s (R-Flower Mound) Senate Bill 3...