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With Lt Gov Dan Patrick, it IS a new day in Texas!

January 21, 2015

In his inaugural speech, Lt Gov Patrick spoke eloquently at the Capitol today about a number of subjects including school choice.  Here are exerts from his speech: “First I want to talk about education. Yesterday the nation celebrated Martin Luther King Day. On August 28, 1963, Reverend King gave one of the greatest speeches in […]

A Case Where Saving Money Could Cost You More

November 25, 2014

Local taxing entities would not need to provide voters with notice in the local newspaper of an upcoming tax increase or bond initiative if HB 139 introduced by Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-92) becomes law. Under the proposed legislation, local entities would be required to provide the Texas Comptroller of Public Account’s office with notice, which […]

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Benefits of School Choice Impact the State’s Economy

January 22, 2015

Former House Public Education Chairman Kent Grusendorf and former State Rep Bill Hammond agree on one thing:  school choice will be good for Texans. These two individuals are influential leaders.  Hammond is the president of the Texas Association of Businesses (the state Chamber) and Grusendorf heads education policy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. They […]

Legislature Gets Revenue Estimate; Estimated $113 Billion Available for Upcoming Biennial Budget

January 14, 2015

Newly-elected Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the Texas biennial revenue estimate. This is what the 85th Texas Legislature will use in establishing the budget for the 2016-17 biennium.  But just because the revenue is available, that doesn’t mean the legislature needs to spend it all. The Comptroller has set the general revenue funds available at […]

School Board Member Eloquently Supports School Choice

December 12, 2014

Florida has enacted a Tax Credit Scholarship program to provide parents with the opportunity to select educational options for their children.  The Florida School Board Association has filed a lawsuit to stop the program. One Sarasota School Board member, Bridget Ziegler, opposes the lawsuit.  She has written an opinion piece in which she states “,,,neither […]

Denton’s Fracking Ban on the Ballot

October 13, 2014

The City of Denton is considering a ban on fracking.  Voters will decide in November if the city will ban the practice of hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting gas from deep below the earth’s surface. The issue centers on who regulates oil and gas in the state.  Federal and state regulations currently apply, and […]

$6.3 Billion Surprises on the November Ballot

October 09, 2014

In addition to electing a new Texas governor, lieutenant governor and other officials, Texans will consider  $6,337,145,581 —that’s right, over $6.3 billion — in new local debt when they go to the polls in November.  Actually, early voting starts Oct 20 and runs through Oct 31. Few Texans realize that 87 local bond initiatives – […]

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