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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...
Fake Republican PAC Created to Deceive Voters

Fake Republican PAC Created to Deceive Voters

As the March 3 Republican primary approaches, voters in Montgomery County may receive a candidate slate with the misleading label of “Republican” on it. The deceptively named Republican Voters of Texas PAC actually has no affiliation with the Republican Party. In...
Fiscal Responsibility Index: Montgomery County

Fiscal Responsibility Index: Montgomery County

With the 86th Legislative Session now complete, it is time for Montgomery County taxpayers to evaluate how their legislators performed on key issues. According to the recently released 2019 Fiscal Responsibility Index, the members of Montgomery County’s legislative...
LSGCD Plan Furthers Government Water Monopoly

LSGCD Plan Furthers Government Water Monopoly

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District’s board of directors has approved a management plan draft to severely limit groundwater use that would cripple private water companies and cause residents’ water bills to skyrocket. Despite calls from citizens and...
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 –...
Imperfect Ridesharing Legislation Passes Texas House

Imperfect Ridesharing Legislation Passes Texas House

Ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft could be coming back to Austin and other areas of the state if a measure passed by the Texas House becomes law. Earlier this week, lawmakers debated and passed House Bill 100 by State Rep. Chris Paddie (R–Marshall), which would...
Texas Senate Passes Package of Conservative Priorities

Texas Senate Passes Package of Conservative Priorities

The Texas Senate capped off an extremely busy week in which lawmakers passed a large number of conservative priorities. Here are some major items you might have missed: Phasing out the Franchise Tax The franchise tax is Texas’ onerous business tax that imposes a heavy...
Bad Music

Bad Music

Despite the existence of several excellent museums dedicated to Texas music, some liberal state lawmakers want to make another one funded by taxpayers on the grounds of the Capitol. Legislation by State Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) and State Sen. Kirk Watson...