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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…

Podcast - Taxpayer Talks

Episode 1: Session Preview & Congressional Chaos

Episode Description πŸ’° In this episode of π—§π—”π—«π—£π—”π—¬π—˜π—₯ π—§π—”π—Ÿπ—žπ—¦, we preview what is ahead as the 88th Texas Legislative Session begins next week. We also discuss the ongoing U.S. Congressional chaos related to the selection of a Speaker of the…

Commentary

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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Congress “Gifts” U.S. Taxpayers With Less Prosperity Right Before Christmas

While much of the nation is currently engulfed in severe winter weather in the week leading up to Christmas, one that is also likely already marked by much more expensive family gatherings, food, and gifts all due to historic inflation,…

Featured

Festivus: Airing of Grievances

What is Festivus? Finding its origins in the hit ’90s sitcomΒ Seinfeld from an episode entitled “The Strike”, the character George Costanza’s family celebrates a holiday called Festivus as an alternative to Christmas, and a tongue-in-cheek protest to the commercialism surrounding…

Podcast - Taxpayer Talks

Episode 25: Year in Review & Looking Forward

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Episode 24: BONUS EPISODE: State Representative Tony Tinderholt

Episode Description πŸ’° In this bonus episode of π—§π—”π—«π—£π—”π—¬π—˜π—₯ π—§π—”π—Ÿπ—žπ—¦, we talk with Texas Republican State Representative Tony Tinderholt (Arlington) and get his thoughts on the upcoming Texas legislative session, as well as his current candidacy for Speaker of the…