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Alexander Chamales: Starting the Fight Early

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Although only seventeen years old, Alexander Chamales, a sophomore in Lubbock, TX, has a passion for politics rarely seen at any age. Since the 2012 presidential election that originally sparked his passion, he has volunteered for seven separate campaigns, is interning for Gov. Greg Abbott, has received the Empower Texans’ Conservative Leader Award, attended the Governor’s…

Senate Approves Comprehensive Property Tax Relief

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Keeping in step with their approach to property tax relief, the Texas Senate passed SB 1760 by Conroe Republican Brandon Creighton.  The measure increases transparency and accountability for taxpayers. Specifically, SB1760: Eliminating the requirement that taxpayers owed a refund must apply for it, increasing the interest rate on refunds to 9.5%, Requiring all local taxing-entities…

Ethics Overhaul Passes Texas Senate

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On Tuesday, the Texas Senate passed a major ethics overhaul bill, SB 19. Spearheaded by State Sen. Van Taylor (R-Plano), the initiative carries the endorsement of Gov. Greg Abbott, who labeled ethics reform as one of his emergency issues. The legislation would expand transparency and disclosure requirements for state ethics reports by requiring elected officials…

Obstructing Real Reforms

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There are many measures by which this legislative session will be judged, but no measure is more important than their success in reforming the very operating systems of government in Texas. As the great Sam Houston put it, “A leader is someone who helps improve the lives of other people or improve the system they…

Mayor Price, Judge Whitley Oppose Property Tax Reform

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Self-described “conservative” local politicians joined forces with liberals last week to oppose lower taxes and limits on government growth. Leading the charge against the taxpayers of Tarrant County were Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and County Judge Glen Whitley who testified against reforms to the burdensome property tax system. By doing so, Price and Whitley…

Abbott Continues Calls for Tax Relief

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Speaking at a small business in North Austin on Tax Day, Gov. Greg Abbott took time to brag on the many economic accomplishments of the Lone Star State. Abbott noted that while many Americans are dreading this day, it should be noted that in Texas lawmakers are focusing on reducing taxes. “Our focus here in…

Reforms, Budget Pass Senate

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On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate passed its budget for the 2016-17 biennium. At $211.4 billion, the Senate budget is slightly larger (by a margin of roughly $1.5 billion) than its House counterpart. However, the increase is not due to more spending, but may be attributed to the more than $2 billion in additional tax cuts…

Texas Senate Strengthens Spending Limit

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While 94 percent of Texas’ Republican primary voters have been asking for the state’s constitutional spending limit to be strengthened, that reform never reached the floor of either chamber of the Legislature. Until today, where it passed the Texas Senate. This also marks another promise Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has delivered on from his 2014 campaign….