A Case Where Saving Money Could Cost You More

November 25, 2014J

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 […]

Light Rail in Austin: Will Voters Give it the Green Light?

October 20, 2014J

Light rail is on the ballot Nov. 4 in Austin.  The question for voters is whether or not the bond is affordable and appropriately addresses the traffic congestion. Early voting is underway now as Austinites assess the value of Prop 1, the urban (light) rail referendum. Most residents – and likely all commuters – would […]

Messing With Texas

June 25, 2014J

Head of the US House Financial Services Committee Chairman and Texas Congressman Jeb Hensarling is leading the charge to end the Export-Import Bank.  We at AFP support his effort and thank him for his leadership.  AFP wants citizens to weigh in and say NO to billions of our tax dollars going to overseas corporations. Read […]

Gov Perry Urges Efficiencies in Higher Ed

This week, the University of Texas Board of Regents was considering a tuition rate increase recommended by UT President Bill Powers. “To put a college degree within reach for more students and to combat the epidemic of student indebtedness, we should place a far greater emphasis on controlling the spiraling costs of a college education,” […]

Local debt needs some sunshine

May 07, 2014J,

Texas ranks highly when it comes to letting taxpayers know how state government spends its money, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. The report, called “Following the Money 2014,” named Texas the fourth most transparent state in providing online access to government expenditure information, behind Indiana, Oregon and Florida. […]