88th Legislative Session

Commentary

Why Property Taxes Are Immoral: Examining the Impact on Private Property

Property taxes are a contentious issue for many people, with some (mostly local government officials) arguing that they are an important source of funding for government services. In contrast, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility (TFR) and many Texas taxpayers argue that…

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Polling Shows Support for School Choice Among Texans

On Monday, the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs released a report that seems to show a majority support for the policy of school choice. In the wake of government school reaction to the pandemic and in many…

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Senate Finance Committee Schedules Hearings on State Budget

Texas taxpayers have an opportunity to voice their concerns on how lawmakers intend to spend their money over the next two fiscal years as a part of the state budget. The Texas Senate Finance Committee has scheduled a series of…

Commentary

Is There Really an Appetite for School Choice in Texas?

It is National School Choice Week, and if you have been paying attention at all over the last few years, you are probably aware that a massive wave of school choice legislation is being implemented across the country. Much of…

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Patrick Announces Senate Committee Assignments

On Monday, Texas’ lieutenant governor announced the committee assignments for the ongoing 88th Legislative Session. Ultimately, there was very little change from the last legislative session with regard to those appointed to be chairman of each Senate committee. Senate Finance…

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Taxpayer Champion Seeks to Put Texas on a Path to Property Tax Elimination

Shortly after the 88th Legislative Session began, Republican State Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) filed legislation seeking to put Texas on a path to eliminating the property tax. Cain has been a Taxpayer Champion in every session he has served,…

Commentary

Are We Really Getting $15 Billion in Property Tax Relief?

Recently, the House and Senate released their versions of the appropriation bill. House Bill 1 and Senate Bill 1 respectively lay out the biennial budget for the 2024-2025 biennium. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has already highlighted that $15 billion in…

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Lawmaker Seeks to Limit Compensation for Taxpayer-funded Bureaucrats

On Thursday, Texas Republican State Rep. Brian Harrison (Waxahachie) filed legislation seeking to limit the salary paid to officers and employees of this state, as well as political subdivisions in the state, to no more than that of the governor…

Podcast - Taxpayer Talks

Episode 3: An Opportunity for Fiscal Conservatives

Episode Description 💰 In this episode of 𝗧𝗔𝗫𝗣𝗔𝗬𝗘𝗥 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞𝗦, we discuss the inauguration of Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick as well as the legislative priorities they mentioned as a part of their speeches. We also discuss…

Commentary

It’s Simple: Bust the Spending Limit to Provide Taxpayers Relief

For years, fiscal watchdog organizations, including ours, worked to secure an additional spending limit or guardrail on the state appropriations process to prevent lawmakers from continuing the trend of expanding government at a rate faster than the population growth it…

Statements

TFR Statement on Appropriation Bills

Today, both the Texas House and Senate have released their budgets. Both the House and Senate appropriation bills provide $15B for property tax relief, with $12B to compress Maintenance & Operations rates by 7.75% and $3B to increase the homestead…

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Episode 2: Session Begins & Fiscal Update with Vance Ginn, Ph.D.

Episode Description 💰 In this episode of 𝗧𝗔𝗫𝗣𝗔𝗬𝗘𝗥 𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗞𝗦, we discuss what occurred in the first week of the 88th Legislative Session, as well as the details of the fiscal update we received from Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar with guest…

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Another Casualty in House Rules Debate: Transparency

On Wednesday, Day 2 of the 88th Legislative Session, the Texas House of Representatives considered House Resolution 4, or the proposed rules that will guide their efforts over the remainder of the legislative session and interim period. Lawmakers made several…

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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…