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Is Texas Ready to Legalize Casino Gambling?

It seems like every two years, just as the legislative session begins, so too do the conversations about expanded gambling in Texas. Most recently, Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) made comments that seem to signal he is in favor…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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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Episode 22: BONUS EPISODE: State Representative Bryan Slaton

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 Bryan Slaton (Royse City) and get his thoughts on the upcoming Texas legislative session, as well as whether Republican House lawmakers are serious…

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Episode 18: BONUS EPISODE: Vance Ginn, Ph.D.

Episode Description πŸ’° In this bonus episode of π—§π—”π—«π—£π—”π—¬π—˜π—₯ π—§π—”π—Ÿπ—žπ—¦, we talk with Dr. Vance Ginn, former Chief Economist at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and Associate Director for Economic Policy of the Office of Management and Budget under the…

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Episode 15: Thomas McNutt, Fiscal Issues Facing State & Election Impacts

Episode Description πŸ’° In this episode of π—§π—”π—«π—£π—”π—¬π—˜π—₯ π—§π—”π—Ÿπ—žπ—¦, we briefly discuss our recent interview with Thomas McNutt and his thoughts on impacting local governments. We also discuss property tax, corporate welfare, school choice, and the upcoming elections.   Articles…

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A Texas-sized History of Corporate Handouts

Texas elected officials like to point out the economic success the state has found in the last few decades. It is true the state has an economic climate that many businesses and individuals across the world and the United States…

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Episode 14: BONUS EPISODE: State Representative Kyle Biedermann

Episode Description πŸ’° In this bonus episode of π—§π—”π—«π—£π—”π—¬π—˜π—₯ π—§π—”π—Ÿπ—žπ—¦, we talk with outgoing Republican Texas State Representative Kyle Biedermann about fiscal issues facing Texas including the property tax and the appetite in the Texas Legislature to address them, the…

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Appropriations Committee Member Seems to Not Understand Basic Market Economics

The Texas House Appropriations Committee met Wednesday in what is likely to be the last public hearing they have before the next legislative session, which is set to begin in January of 2023. One of the items discussed was an…

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Episode 13: Kyle Biedermann & Texas House Appropriations Committee

Episode Description πŸ’° In this episode of π—§π—”π—«π—£π—”π—¬π—˜π—₯ π—§π—”π—Ÿπ—žπ—¦, we highlight some of the more interesting points to come out of our recent interview with Texas Republican State Representative Kyle Biedermann, as well as the recent Texas House Appropriations Committee…

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No… We Don’t Need More Corporate Welfare in Texas

It never seems to amaze me how often “conservative” politicians are willing to give your money over to corrupt corporations in the form of corporate welfare. Recently, disgraced former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Dennis Bonnen (then-state representative…

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Episode 12: BONUS EPISODE: Texas State Representative Jeff Cason

Episode Description πŸ’° In this bonus episode of π—§π—”π—«π—£π—”π—¬π—˜π—₯ π—§π—”π—Ÿπ—žπ—¦, we talk with outgoing Republican Texas State Representative Jeff Cason about fiscal issues facing Texas including the property tax and the appetite in the Texas Legislature to address them, his…