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Lack of Union Dues Reform Hinders Local Control

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State managed pensions hinder the ability of local governments to negotiate plans that are reasonably in line with what they can afford, but the road to local control has a major road block – government collection of union dues. The way to level the playing field between taxpayers and public-sector union lobbyists— who advocate for…

H-E-B Billionaire’s PAC Is Really Mad

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Charles Butt, whose personal fortune comes courtesy of the H-E-B grocery store chain started by his family, wants to deny parents the right to be more involved in their kids’ education. His tool for promoting wretched public policy is the “Parent PAC.” Since the primary mission of Butts’ PAC is to deny parents and kids better…

Straus Facts #3: Joe Straus Supports Privileges for Illegal Aliens

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In an interview during the legislative session, Joe Straus reiterated his support for giving in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens, saying “you can’t just legislate based on campaign slogans or headlines.” Straus then proceeded to kill a bill that would have reserved tuition subsidies for American students, not even letting the bill have a hearing….

Abbott-Patrick Agenda For 2017 Starts Now

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There are more than 12 months until the next legislative session convenes, but Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick are wisely laying out a governing agenda ahead of the 2016 primaries. If your state legislators (and their chamber leadership) aren’t signed on, they are part of the problem. Speaking at the Texas Public…

Senate District 1: Improvement (Almost) Guaranteed

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One of the lowest rated GOP members of the Texas Senate was Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler). He opted to retire rather than face a contentious primary, creating an open seat. Three GOP candidates have emerged: State Rep. Bryan Hughes (Mineola), State Rep. David Simpson (Longview), and James Brown (Tyler). Brown, with no governing record, was recruited…

On ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ House Reaction Is Inaction

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After recent exposure for killing immigration enforcement initiatives over the past several sessions, and doing nothing on the issue since it heated up this summer, the Texas House is belatedly responding to citizens’ frustrations with “sanctuary cities” by holding a hearing. Despite the politically-inspired claims of the committee’s leadership, the hearing is actually focused on “undocumented…

Huffines Enthusiastically Endorses Rinaldi

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Calling him a “fearless conservative leader,” State Sen. Don Huffines endorsed Matt Rinaldi for re-election in House District 115’s Republican Primary. Huffines, also a Dallas County Republican, described his own endorsement as being“enthusiastically” offered. “Matt Rinaldi made his mark in Austin as a fearless conservative leader who never shied away from an opportunity to fight…

Big Ag Fight Over Big Ag Fees

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A fight is brewing over a proposed multi-million-dollar fee hike from the state’s Department of Agriculture, with the state’s lieutenant governor telling the agency to “put the brakes on” it. Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has said his agency needs the new funds to provide “essential services,” including their “regulatory functions.” During the 2015 legislative session, Miller’s…