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Fiscal Conservatives Start From Wrong Premise on State Spending

Ask yourself, do you believe the government is too big already? More often than not the answer we get at Texans for Fiscal Responsibility (TFR) as we travel around the state, visiting with Texas taxpayers, is a resounding yes! Despite…

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They Shout Relief, But Where Is It?

Despite years of desperate cries from Texas taxpayers seeking significant property tax relief, Texans are once again being reminded that our lawmakers have no real desire to help lower our property tax bills. With stories of many Texas taxpayers experiencing…

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Taxpayers Suffer As Superintendents Prosper

Last week the Texas Education Agency (TEA) released its most recent superintendent’s salary report to the public. The report includes some disturbing results and shows that the average superintendent makes considerably more than the average Texan. The top ten highest-paid…

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May Property Tax Propositions: A Slap In Texans’ Faces

Taxpayers all over the state of Texas report being crushed under the weight of sky-high property taxes, rising appraisals, and nearly double-digit inflation. You would not know this however if you only listened to lawmakers in Austin who drone on…

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Has the Juice Been Worth Squeezing on State Border Security Funding?

One year into Operation Lone Star and many Texans are asking questions about the overall efficacy of the state’s current strategy in addressing the ongoing border security crisis. Ultimately, the federal government has the responsibility of enforcing immigration laws. Texas…

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Fighting Woke Corporatism

It’s difficult to be a conservative in today’s society and not notice the clear bias held by many large corporations that have injected themselves into the political realm. These entities almost always lean left and have aided in silencing and…

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7 Races To Watch On Election Day

After nearly two weeks of early voting, primary elections will be decided on Tuesday, March 1st in Texas. Those that receive over 50% of the vote will become their party’s nominee. Those that receive less than 50% will enter into…

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Spotlight on the 87th: Subsidies for Wind and Solar

In today’s Spotlight on the 87th Legislative Session, we look back on legislation that protected subsidies for unreliable wind and solar energy. House Bill 1607 was authored by State Rep. Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) and was passed out of the…

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Spotlight on the 87th: Creating New Occupational Licenses

In today’s Spotlight on the 87th Legislative Session, we look back at legislation aimed at growing the size of government by creating additional burdensome regulations in the form of an occupational license. House Bill 2053 authored by State Rep. Stephanie…

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Spotlight on the 87th: Promoting CRT

In today’s Spotlight on the 87th Legislative Session, we look back at House Bill 4139, legislation that would have allowed Critical Race Theory (CRT) to infiltrate the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC). The bill was authored by  State…

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Spotlight on the 87th: Overriding Executive Orders

In today’s Spotlight on the 87th Legislative Session, we look back at a vote taken by lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives that would have reined in the executive overreach of Texas Governor Greg Abbott during the COVID 19…

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Spotlight on the 87th: Music Venue Subsidies

In today’s Spotlight on the 87th Legislative Session, we look back at Senate Bill 609, authored by State Sen. Carol Alvarado (D-Houston). SB 609 created a new corporate welfare program for music venues by creating the Texas Music Incubator program…

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Spotlight on the 87th: Failure to Address Mask Mandates

In today’s Spotlight on the 87th Legislative Session, we look back at an amendment by Taxpayer Champion State Rep. Cody Vasut (R-Brazoria) on House Bill 3 that would have prohibited mask mandates by the state.     HB 3, as…

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Spotlight On The 87th: Record Committee Votes

In today’s Spotlight on the 87th Legislative Session, we look back on a vote taken by lawmakers in the Texas House of Representatives that would have required record votes on legislation referred to House Committees within 14 days, if requested…

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Spotlight On The 87th: Democrat Committee Chairs

In today’s Spotlight on the 87th Legislative Session, we look back at the vote taken in the Texas House of Representatives to prevent Democrat lawmakers from chairing House Committees. The amendment was brought to the overall House Rules Resolution, HR…