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How to limit government spending — for good

How to limit government spending — for good

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Eltife Eager for More Government

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Eltife Eager for More Government

Wednesday afternoon on the heels of major victories for property and business tax relief in the Texas Senate, State Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler) took the opportunity to continue his foot-in-mouth parade. Perhaps bitter over the passage of such relief, some of which he...

Debt Now, Tax Cuts Later in the Texas House

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Debt Now, Tax Cuts Later in the Texas House

While reducing debt is generally a good thing, comments by State Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton), a lieutenant of liberal House Speaker Joe Straus, reveal what conservatives have feared – some “debt reduction efforts” in the legislature have ulterior motivations. As he...

Debt Now, Tax Cuts Later in the Texas House

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Strengthening the Spending Cap

At a press conference Tuesday, State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) and Lt.  Gov. Dan Patrick unveiled new legislation that would dramatically  improve Texas' constitutional spending cap. Under the Texas Constitution, the current cap constrains the...

Experts and Yes Men: The Making of the Budget

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Experts and Yes Men: The Making of the Budget

In little over a week, the 84th session of the Texas Legislature will begin. Chief among the legislature’s responsibilities is the passage of a biennial state budget—even though a vast majority of legislators have no role in its formulation. Under the...