Posts Tagged ‘spending’

Tea Party; Local Brew

Tarrant Tea Partiers are training their sights on issues like the Trinity River Vision project.
BY DAN MCGRAW PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
On an early spring evening, inside the Elks Lodge meeting room on Fort Worth’s West Side, about 75 locals — most of them older white men — watched a presentation by Mike Brasovan. He’s a conservative Republican ...


Fiddling, Burning

Politicians are mugging while Texas’ future goes up in flames.
DAVE McNEELY
The lobbyist walked out of the capitol, disgustedly shaking his head. “It’s the worst session I’ve ever seen,” said the lobbyist, a former legislator of more than a decade. “Everybody over there’s scared to death.



The Emperor’s New Budget

Maybe Perry’s school didn’t have money to teach math.
DAVE McNEELY
It’s time for the state to tighten its belt, wrote Talmadge Heflin, former chair of the Appropriations Committee of the Texas House of Representatives, back in February.


The Deficit Monster

How did Texas get so far down in this financial hole?
STORY BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ PHOTOS BY JOHN OEFFINGER
In 2006, Texas had a multi-billion-dollar budget surplus. Under state court order — yet again — to come up with a school finance system that would provide decent funding for poor districts without unduly robbing from rich o...



Twilight

This is scarier than vampires.
E.R. Bills
The 112th session of the United States Congress doesn’t convene until January, but the GOP is already flexing its ignorance.  


Catching Congress

Winning could cause big problems for Republicans.
DAVE McNEELY
Dog catches car. That’s what a seasoned moderate Texas Republican thinks it will look like if, by the time you read this, his party has recaptured the U.S. House of Representatives.



Spending the Planet

E. R. BILLS
I’m not a big fan of most conservatives. Historically speaking, they are – to put it bluntly – too often on the wrong side of history.


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Foot Off the Gas

City hall budgeters ignore the boom.
DAN MCGRAW
For the past year or so, economists have been saying that North Texas seems immune to many of the money problems facing the rest of the country.


Rollin’ on the River

ELIZABETH BASSETT
The travel and expense policy for the Tarrant Regional Water District is simple. It says that the district will pay for business-related meals only if employees submit a receipt, a list of the diners’ partaking, and a stateme...