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AFP-TX Responds to President Obama’s Campaign Visit

Austin, TX – Americans for Prosperity – Texas State Director Peggy Venable issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s campaign visit to Austin: “President Obama’s visit to Austin today is just another demonstration of how out of touch he is with the average American. In a time when unemployment continues to soar and […]

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Government accountability took a hit this week

May 15, 2014

This week, Texas took a tremendous step back in our march toward shedding light on government and demanding accountability.   A Select Committee on Transparency in state Agency Operations is a committee appointed by Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.  Transparency did not appear to be their goal.  The Committee voted 7-1 to move to impeach […]

Open Letter to the Texas Legislature

May 12, 2014

Open Letter to the Texas Legislature: The Action taken today by the House Transparency in State Agencies Operations Select Committee is both disappointing and problematic. Today’s Wall Street Journal editorial titled, “Political Revenge in Texas,” outlines a troubling scenario in which the University of Texas has pressured lawmakers to impeach one of its own Regents, Wallace […]

Bait and Switch Bond Money?

May 08, 2014

Taxpayers are being asked to approve $6.7 Billion in additional bond debt on May 10, 2014.  Projects are outlined and advertised.  But will those projects be what the funds are actually used for? On May 17, 2012, I attended the Round Rock ISD school board meeting.  The Board voted to spend $36.7 Million in “leftover” bond money […]

Texas Public School Construction

April 29, 2014 J,

Comptroller Susan Combs has issued another report – just as we go to polls across the state to vote on as much as $6.7 Billion more in local debt.  And she reveals that debt service has grown five times faster than student enrollment! Here again Combs has earned her designation as Trailblazer for Transparency! Here are […]

Justice Reform Examined

April 28, 2014

Texas has over 1,700 criminal laws with 650 laws enacted just in the past year.  That pales in comparison to the federal code, which has nearly 4,500 criminal statutes. These eye-opening facts were part of the discussion held recently in Austin on the criminal justice system’s impact on societal well-being. The US has the highest […]