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.
Changes in federal policy during the coming Trump administration could mean big changes in state policy in Texas. But it’s probably going to take some time.
News doesn’t work like it used to. Like gas stations, it’s gone from full service to pump your own.
Winning isn’t everything when it comes to party control. If it was, Texas lawmakers would have nothing to do. But they still have plenty to fight about, and Republicans in Washington, D.C., will, too.
It won’t change the color of the leaves, but the civics seasons in Texas have changed. Say goodbye to the elections and hello to the legislative session.