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Local Officials Are Responsible for Property Tax Hikes

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Recent comments made by Tarrant County’s Tax Assessor Ron Wright are certain to anger tax-hiking local officials fearing dissemination of the truth. In a recent article, Wright helped expose local officials who have resorted to propaganda to help deflect blame for property tax increases on everyone but themselves. In an interview with the Arlington Voice,…

Patrick Fights for Tuition Reform

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In early March, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick harshly scolded the University of Texas Board of Regents for voting to raise tuition for the first time in several years. At the time, he pledged that the exponentially rising cost of tuition at Texas’ public universities was unacceptable and that the Texas Senate would act. Now, as…

Patrick and Burton Eye Public Notices

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Last Friday, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced his appointment of State Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) as Senate Chair of the Joint Interim Committee to Study the Issue of Advertising Public Notices. “First, I’d like to thank Lt. Governor Patrick for the appointment as chair of this joint committee. Last session, I filed SB 392, which…

Texas Senate Leads on Fiscal Responsibility

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A recent announcement, issued by Senate Finance Chairman Jane Nelson (R–Flower Mound) and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick encourages state agencies to review and scrutinize every expenditure using a zero-based budget approach. In addition, the Senate Finance Committee will incorporate the principles of zero-based budgeting when drafting the next state budget during the legislative session that…

Texas Media Hypocrisy

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The hypocrisy of Texas’ liberal media is on full display now that the SEC has investigated—but not convicted—Attorney General Ken Paxton. Outlets are calling for Paxton’s resignation while condemning the silence of Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick who, like responsible officials, are waiting for facts to surface before commenting. But where were…

Reinforcing the Need for Reform

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Earlier this week, the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF) issued a comprehensive paper titled ‘Texas School Finance: Basics and Reform.’ The paper articulates both where Texas’ educational system currently stands, as well as a path to better success. “Texas’ school finance system is surrounded by confusion,” said Michael Barba in a press release issued by…

Patrick Fights to Keep Tuition Affordable

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On Monday, just before the primary election, the University of Texas Board of Regents voted to increase student tuition for the first time in several years. Now Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is fighting back in an effort to keep tuition affordable for Texas students. In a letter Friday to university presidents and chancellors across Texas,…

Voters Want Property Tax Reform

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Nearly 70% of Republican primary voters said they want to replace property taxes with a consumption-based tax system, according to the results of the statewide proposition on the GOP ballot this cycle. Will legislators heed the call? Though non-binding, the results of propositions asked of GOP voters by the Republican Party of Texas serve as…