Andrew McVeigh

Commentary

A Look at the Primary Ballot Propositions With An Impact On Your Wallet

Election Day is Tuesday, March 5th. Primary voters across the State will soon be heading to the polls for the 2024 Primary Elections, with early voting beginning on Tuesday, February 20th.  The election is focused on choosing candidates to be…

News

Inflation Surges, Clouding Economic Outlook 

Inflation shot higher than expected in January. The latest Consumer Price Index (CPI) report has thrown a wrench into the expected timeline for Federal Reserve rate cuts, as inflation figures for January came in higher than anticipated.  The report revealed…

Commentary

Seasons Greetings: Thank You and Merry Christmas from TFR 

As the year comes to an end and the Christmas Season is upon us, our hearts are filled with gratitude for the unwavering encouragement and assistance of our dedicated supporters, readers, and fellow taxpayer advocates.  This Christmas, we extend our…

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Impeachment Price Tag: Texas House Spends Millions of Tax Dollars on Impeachment

After months of delay following Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s call for a financial audit of the effort to impeach and remove Attorney General (AG) Ken Paxton this year, new revelations about the actual cost to taxpayers surfaced last week. These…

Commentary

Fact-Checking Biden

Social Media Shines a Spotlight on Joe Biden’s Economic Falsehoods In the nearly three years of his presidency, Joe Biden has left a trail of known failures and questionable (and often nonsensical) statements. That legacy continued recently when, not once,…

Commentary

Counting our Blessings this Thanksgiving

It is that time of year again; the Holiday season is  upon us.  As we observe Thanksgiving this week, Americans across the country will travel and come together, with family and friends, to celebrate.  As we gather around the Thanksgiving…

News

Texas Candidate Filing Begins

Filing to be on the primary ballot in March is open for a thirty-day window. As anticipation for the March primary elections rise, candidate filing to be on the ballot in either party officially began on Saturday, November 11th.  Candidates…

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Election Results: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Tuesday was election day, and Texans across the State went to the polls to cast their votes on fourteen constitutional amendments, various local propositions, and a scattering of elections for office.  Let’s briefly look at the election day results and…

News

House Takes Up Vaccine and Border Bills, But School Choice Still in Limbo

With more than half of the special session already over, on Wednesday, the Texas House finally took up and considered four bills on the Floor for debate.  Two House bills and two Senate bills considered included: SB 7 by Senator…

Commentary

Quick Reference Guide – 2023 Ballot Propositions

Early voting for the 2023 November election is officially underway, and voters across Texas are headed to the polls.  This election held on November 7th is focused on fourteen constitutional amendment propositions, many of which will have a significant impact…

News

Texas Senate Pushes Border Security, While Texas House Lags Behind

We are now ten days into the third Special Session of the Texas Legislature. While school choice has been a focal point of the session thus far, another major area of concern is the ongoing border crisis and illegal immigration. …

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Comptroller Says Texas is Taking Too Much of Your Money

The State’s metaphorical piggy bank continues to fill up with surplus dollars from your wallet, says the Texas Comptroller.  Last Friday, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the Certification Revenue Estimate(CRE) for the fiscal 2024-25 biennium. The CRE revises estimates from…

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ROUND 3: The Third Special Session Has Begun

The third special session of the year has officially started, with the Texas House and Texas Senate both convening this afternoon.  Tensions between the two chambers and members of leadership are high after a strained regular session, two special sessions,…

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Abbott Officially Announces Third Special Session

Rumors had abounded for months that Governor Abbott was going to call a third special session to address so-called “school choice.” The third special session of the year has officially been called by Governor Abbott, with the State Legislature to…

Explainers

EXPLAINER: The Basics of How to Engage with the Legislature

The Texas State Legislature meets for its Constitutionally-required regular session once every odd-numbered year for 140 days from roughly mid-January to the end of May. The Governor can call additional special sessions of thirty days at any point outside of…