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Legislature Votes to Raise Office Budgets at Taxpayers’ Expense

Only two days into the 88th Legislative Session, both legislative chambers made a mad dash to give their offices as much money as they could squeeze out of Texas taxpayers. Growing Government As expected, they used the usual excuses: to…

Vote Notices

Vote Notice – 1.11.2023

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has issued the following vote notice for January 11, 2023 (Day 2 of the 88th Legislative Session): Texas House of Representatives Subject: Housekeeping Resolution, House Resolution 3 (HR3) Subject: Rules Resolution, House Resolution 4 (HR4) Texas…

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Phelan Re-elected Speaker, Gives Insight Into Priorities

Election of Speaker The 88th Legislative Session officially convened Tuesday, and in the Texas House of Representatives, the first order of business after being sworn in was to elect a House speaker. Two candidates were nominated. The incumbent speaker, Republican…

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They Are Right, Texas Has a Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity

On Monday, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released his long-awaited Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) ahead of the 88th Legislative Session, which begins today. The BRE is an estimate of the revenue that the State of Texas expects to receive through the…

Vote Notices

Vote Notice – 1.10.2023

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has issued the following vote notice for January 10, 2023 (Day 1 of the 88th Legislative Session): Texas House of Representatives Subject: Speaker of the House Texas Senate Subject: Senate Caucus Report, Senate Resolution 1 (SR1)…

Statements

TFR Statement on the Growing Budget Surplus

On Monday, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released his long-awaited Biennial Revenue Estimate (BRE) ahead of the 88th Legislative Session, which begins Tuesday. One key takeaway from Hegar’s announcement, outside of the estimate lawmakers can spend, was that the historic budget…

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Episode 1: Session Preview & Congressional Chaos

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Prepare Yourselves β€” Session Is Coming

The 88th Legislative Session Is Nearly Here It is that time again. An odd-numbered year has begun, so we are just days away from the 88th Legislative Session beginning. So much has occurred since the last time the Legislature met,…

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Patrick’s Confusing Property Tax Relief Position

In a recent interview with Spectrum News 1, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick discussed a myriad of topics ahead of the upcoming 88th Legislative Session, including his thoughts on the prospects for property tax relief. The takeaway? He seemingly supports…

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Time Runs Out for Largest Corporate Welfare Program in Texas

When the Clock Strikes Midnight As the clock strikes midnight on Saturday, it will mark the end of Texas’ most extensive and expensive corporate welfare program, the Chapter 313 tax abatement program. It also represents an end to a huge…

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Our Top 5 Articles of 2022

As 2022 comes to a close and we ramp up our efforts in preparation for all that 2023 brings, which includes the Texas 88th Legislative Session, we thought it might be prudent to summarize our top five pieces of written…

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What Does a Successful Legislative Session Look Like?

With the 88th Legislative Session set to begin in January, we are increasingly asked by taxpayers and lawmakers alike what winning looks like to Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. That is what we are going to discuss in this article. As…

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Polling Shows Texans Want Property Tax Relief Over Other Spending

With the 88th Legislative Session set to gavel in just a few short weeks from now, lawmakers are continuing to get pressure from Texas taxpayers on the need to prioritize actual property tax relief. Recently, Defend Texas Liberty PAC released…

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Texas House Lawmakers File Legislation to Prohibit Social Credit Scores

Among the hundreds of pieces of legislation filed ahead of the upcoming 88th Legislative Session, some Texas state lawmakers are attempting to prohibit a phenomenon that has grown over the last few decades, instituted by a combination of government and…

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School Choice In Texas… Will It Actually Happen?

Lately, there has been a lot of noise nationwide about school choice and here in Texas, that noise is no different as we head into the legislative session which begins in January. Much of the outcry for education reform comes…