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Hays County bond proposals encounter resistance on left and right

By   /  October 28, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, News, Politics & Elections, Taxes, Texas, Transportation  /  No Comments

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Despite adding $6 billion in taxable property value since 2010 and boosting taxes by 26 percent over the last three years, Hays County wants residents to dig deeper into their wallets.

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Another government hospital runs over budget, repeating a wasteful pattern

By   /  October 28, 2016  /  News, Texas  /  No Comments

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“They like to hold hearings where they can wave their arms around and talk about waste, fraud and abuse,” Edwards said. “And then it’s wink wink, nudge nudge and all that extra spending for their districts.”

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Cities’ ‘affordable housing’ agenda boosts home costs

By   /  October 27, 2016  /  News, Regulations, Taxes, Texas  /  No Comments


Just as the Affordable Care Act sends health-care costs soaring nationally, local government intervention in the housing market is making homeownership less affordable.

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Separating fact from fiction on Texas school spending

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Commentary, Education, Federal Government, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

NO. 20 AND RISING: An annual study done by the National Education Association shows New Mexico jumped from 25th to 20th in per-pupil spending in the past year.

“For many schools the recession never ended.” With the media in Texas turning its attention to what will be a full-throated debate on school finance reform in this next legislative session, the grim headline on a National Public Radio website story demanded attention. The point of the story came in the single quote from Michael Leachman, […]

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College trustees travel on taxpayer tab, then hike tuition

By   /  October 26, 2016  /  Budget and Spending, Education, News, Open Records, Texas  /  No Comments

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Alamo College trustees spent $11,796 attending a Las Vegas convention of Latino leaders – one of scores of trips put on San Antonio taxpayers’ tab. Then the board raised tuition.

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High-dollar Paxton prosecution puts Collin County judge on hot seat

By   /  October 25, 2016  /  Judiciary, News, Texas  /  No Comments

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The Collin County Commissioners Court voted 5-0 Monday in support of a resolution to challenge excessive payments to the special prosecutors in the securities fraud case pending against Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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