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Texas House Leadership Applauded by Illegal Immigrants

Texas House Leadership Applauded by Illegal Immigrants

Republicans in the Texas House are being thanked and cheered by illegal immigrants for defeating conservatives’ efforts to repeal a law that grants them subsidized, in-state tuition rates to public colleges and universities.

Sylvester Turner’s Hollow Endorsement

Sylvester Turner’s Hollow Endorsement

Without considering who would best handle Houston’s most serious problem: pension debt. The Houston Chronicle opted to endorse Turner and praise him for his years of being an elected official.

Fix First, Then Fund

Fix First, Then Fund

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is the poster child of agencies in dire need of reform. We’ve recently reported on the many, well-documented illustrations of institutional incompetence, poor leadership decisions, and a lack of objective processes for...

Texas Conservative Leaders: Limit Government Growth

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Texas Conservative Leaders: Limit Government Growth

Members of the Texas Conservative Budget Coalition are calling on lawmakers to keep state government growth at or under 6.2% in the 2016-17 biennium. Grassroots conservative leaders and budget experts gathered this morning in Austin to unveil a fiscally conservative...

Lies, Damned Lies, and LBB Statistics

Lies, Damned Lies, and LBB Statistics

“Figures often beguile me, particularly when I have the arranging of them myself; in which case the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.’” —Mark Twain In August, the...

Half-Billion For ‘Virtually Useless’ Test

Half-Billion For ‘Virtually Useless’ Test

For more than a year we’ve been calling for a moratorium on the statewide testing system on the basis that those dollars could be better spent educating kids. Now we found out that the test may be "virtually useless." It's time to seriously re-think what we mean by...

Texas Budget Compact

Texas Budget Compact

The historic trend for the cost of state government has presented Texas taxpayers with a bill we increasingly cannot afford. For some time, we have consoled ourselves with the idea Texas is a small-government, low-tax state. And we are, when compared to the other...