If you were running government like a business, wouldn’t you be using your cash-flow fund for cash flow? Here’s the situation.
You might rejoice or bewail the death of a piece of legislation, but remember: Nothing is really dead while the Texas Legislature is still in Austin.
Greg Abbott seems to be arguing for a consolidation of political power: “This is not the ‘United States of Municipalities,'” he recently said.
The denizens of the Texas Capitol are already talking about the possibility of a special session. They might be worried, but you shouldn’t be.
The real question is what would be cut from local government budgets if and when their voters reject bigger tax increases.
The leadership battles in the Texas Legislature are often attributed to personalities — or to traditional House-Senate rivalries. But there’s another factor: The Republicans in power are from different factions of their party.
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Lawmakers want to stop deducting dues for union and non-union employee associations from state paychecks – but only for the employees they disagree with.
A recent study of mayoral races — those important but rarely epic meat-and-potatoes exercises in civic responsibility — revealed some ugly facts about voters in general and Texas voters in particular.
Had the state kept its share of school funding constant for the past 10 years, voters might not be griping about rising property taxes. The state is spending more than it used to, but it’s spending less per student.