#TXLege Must Choose School Choice

#TXLege Must Choose School Choice

Let’s cut right to the chase. I am a school choice supporter, always have been.  I am paid by no one to say so.  I simply believe the policy of allowing parents to choose the school their child attends, whether it be public, private, or at home, and not have to pay through the nose for … Continue reading

How Did We Get Here, Again?

How Did We Get Here, Again?

If you read nothing else today, hie thee hence to the New York Post’s “America’s Social Contract is Dead.”  I’m definitely on board with the essential thought.  If 2016 is doing nothing else, it is throwing open the curtain on decades-old rot (possibly even older).  I don’t think politics did this to us.  I think we did it, … Continue reading

#IStandWithBethMoore

#IStandWithBethMoore

I have no idea if that is a trending hashtag or not, but it is how I feel tonight. Powerful Evangelical Women Speaking Out About Trump What’s more, I stand with Erick Erickson, who has been pilloried and bullied since taking his stand against the GOP nominee.  Read his article from this morning, If I … Continue reading

Down the Ballot

Down the Ballot

If you’re the type who pays taxes and moves along whistling a happy tune, great. If you’re the type who pays taxes but wants to know who to hold accountable if those tax dollars are spent in a way with which you disagree, you need to get educated before you vote. Continue reading

Austin ISD Latest Culprit in Tax Hike Craze

Austin ISD Latest Culprit in Tax Hike Craze

Tonight, any minute now, the board of the Austin Independent School District will vote on a $1.1 billion budget.  The average homeowner will pay another $168 per year in property taxes (this in spite of AISD’s shrinking enrollment). The Statesman broke down the tax reality for AISD taxpayers (emphasis mine): Proposed tax rate: $1.202 per … Continue reading

School Finance Case Hits TX Supreme Court Tuesday

School Finance Case Hits TX Supreme Court Tuesday

The constitutionality of Texas’ school finance system is being challenged in court, and this is the kind of thing that Texans need to pay attention to but so rarely do.  Last year, it was declared that the property tax system used to finance Texas schools is essentially a statewide property tax, and is therefore unconstitutional. … Continue reading

Why Should Appraisals Be a Hotter Topic Than Taxes Themselves?

Why Should Appraisals Be a Hotter Topic Than Taxes Themselves?

From Quorum Report: “The complaints that people have about property taxes are not about rising appraisals or an unfair system,” [Austin Attorney Jim] Popp said. “From the homeowner’s perspective, they’re simply paying too much in property taxes. That’s an entirely different policy discussion than the system is not working or appraisals are rising too fast.” … Continue reading