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87th Legislative Session: An Overview

87th Legislative Session: An Overview

The following is a (nonexhaustive) list of what made it through the 140-day legislative session. The 87th Legislative Session began on January 12 with the backdrop of a global pandemic, the notification of delayed census data for redistricting, delayed primary...
House Gives Initial Approval to Spending Limits Bill

House Gives Initial Approval to Spending Limits Bill

Late Tuesday evening, the Texas House of Representatives gave initial approval to a bill that would cap the growth of state spending to that of population plus inflation. It will be considered one final time on Wednesday. Assuming it passes and is not amended, it will...
Senate Passes Spending Limit Bill

Senate Passes Spending Limit Bill

Texas’ limitation on the growth of government spending would be strengthened under legislation passed by the Senate. The measure now awaits a hearing in the House. Senate Bill 1336 by State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R–North Richland Hills) passed the Senate by a vote of 19...
Abbott Announces Re-Election Campaign

Abbott Announces Re-Election Campaign

Speaking to a crowd of supporters in San Antonio on Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced his intention to run for re-election to Texas’ highest office. “To keep Texas the best very state in the United States, I am running for reelection as governor of the...
Abbott Signs Budget After Vetoing $120 Million

Abbott Signs Budget After Vetoing $120 Million

On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced that he had signed the state budget passed by the Texas Legislature at the end of May, making only minor line-item vetoes. Despite having to contend with a relatively tight budget year, state lawmakers passed a relatively...
Local Control or Local Tyranny?

Local Control or Local Tyranny?

With the legislative session in full swing, Texans will soon face a barrage of political propaganda disguised with “conservative-sounding” messaging designed to sell them on anti-taxpayer policies. One of the most prominent will be the effort by state and local...
The Limiting Metric

The Limiting Metric

Analysts at the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) have compared Texas spending limit methods over recent biennia and found that application of the population-plus-inflation metric to each budget since 2006 results in a trend of relatively constant spending limits....
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

Thanks to big-spending legislators’ creative accounting and over-eagerness to spend your money, the 83rd legislature increased appropriations 26% over the previous legislature. Even though this represents a major increase, it would shock many taxpayers to know that...