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Texas Tops List on Economic Prosperity; Near Bottom of List on Government Debt

August 15, 2014

Statement by Peggy Venable Policy and Legislative Director, AFP-Texas & Senior Fellow, Americans for Prosperity Texas is the top state in the country on economic performance but the state’s economic outlook is dimmed by one blaring problem in Texas. This week, an updated Rich States, Poor States report, officially named the ALEC-Laffer Economic Competitiveness Index, [...]

New School Accountability Ratings are Out

August 08, 2014

New School Accountability Ratings are Out See How Your School Was Rated The Texas Education Agency released the 2014 school accountability standards today amid much anticipation. The rating system assessment measures and evaluates student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and post-secondary readiness. Just over 84% of Texas schools met the standards leaving 9% requiring [...]

AFP-TX Declares Support for Biennial Budget Plan

July 16, 2014

AUSTIN — The Texas chapter of Americans for Prosperity is offering its support today for a plan to cap biennial spending released by the Texans for a Conservative Budget Coalition. The plan would hold budget growth to no more than population growth plus inflation. AFP-Texas State Director Mike Hasson and AFP States Policy Director Peggy [...]

AFP-TX Declares Support for Biennial Budget Number

July 15, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2014 CONTACT: Mike Hasson at MHasson@afphq.org.  AFP-TX Declares Support for Biennial Budget Number  AUSTIN — The Texas chapter of Americans for Prosperity is offering its support today for a budget number to cap biennial spending released by the Texans for a Conservative Budget Coalition. The budget number would hold budget growth [...]

Open Letter to President Obama from AFP-TX

July 10, 2014

AFP-Texas State Director Mike Hasson and AFP Policy Director Peggy Venable released the following open message to President Obama prior to his remarks in the state today: Welcome To The Texas Economy, Mr. President Please Look Around, But Don’t Touch Anything Today, President Obama is giving a speech in Texas on the economy. If his [...]

Gov. Perry to Headline AFP "Defending the American Dream" Summit

July 01, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 30, 2014 CONTACT: Chris Neefus at (703) 517-4504 or CNeefus@afphq.org        Gov. Perry to Headline AFP “Defending the American Dream” Summit Group’s signature event to take place in Dallas, August 29-30.  DALLAS — Americans for Prosperity announced today that Texas Governor Rick Perry will headline the group’s signature annual event, the Defending the American Dream [...]

Most Texans Support School Choice

June 26, 2014

A new poll out found that most Texans support school choice – https://www.texastribune.org/plus/edu/vol-1/no-7/poll-reveals-wide-support-education-reform/ Like this post? Chip in $5 to AFP.

Texas Continues to be a Job-Creation Machine

June 24, 2014

Texas has added 383,100 jobs in the past 12 month.  The Texas Workforce Commission has announced that Texas job growth is largest in nearly 17 years. Texas can attribute much of the growth to an environment friendly to job-creation — Texas has no state income tax and policymakers strive to enact policies which will not hamper innovation [...]

Attorney General Abbott: Texas Schools Can't Use Common Core

June 17, 2014

Sen. Dan Patrick asked Atty Gen Greg Abbott a simple question: can Texas schools legally use Common Core?    The answer was equally simple: NO. AG Abbott issued a ruling today which stated that while ISD’s are required to provide instruction in essential knowledge and skills at appropriate grade levels they may not use Common [...]

AFP-Texas: Hasten Sunset Review Process for ESCs

June 10, 2014

CSCOPE audit shows more scrutiny is needed, says policy director Venable.  AUSTIN – Americans for Prosperity-Texas is calling on the 84th Legislature to move the sunset review process for the Regional Education Service Centers (ESC’s) to 2017.  ESC’s were subject to the sunset review process in 2015 but the 83rd legislature moved the schedule back to 2019. [...]