Allowing voters to weigh in on tax increases over 2.5 percent each year only strengthens the ultimate local control — by empowering citizens with stronger oversight of the governments they elected to serve them.
Homeless and former foster care students have surfaced on the radars of Texas legislators this year, and Texas institutions of higher education should pay close attention.
The 86th Texas Legislature is in session, and water utility customers from across the state should be watching two issues that have the potential to impact water rates and the ability of rural utilities to serve their customers in the future. Many consumers are unaware of how these issues may affect them and cause their water rates to increase.
Set aside the hand-waving and vague muttering that “elections have consequences,” and the evidence for a public mandate on school finance and propert taxes is pretty thin. It likely has more to do with the new governing dynamic among Greg Abbott, Dan Patrick, and Dennis Bonnen.
There is no time like the present to patch the holes in our guardianship safety net and keep Texas as a national leader in guardianship reform.
For the past 30 years, The University of Texas at El Paso has experienced unprecedented growth in facilities, academic programs and enrollment. This growth is the direct result of our success in articulating a clear and bold vision and mission, and in pursuing our goals through highly intentional and agile strategies.
Now it is time for Texas to step up and pass a statewide law raising the tobacco sale age to 21. It is simply unacceptable for our great state to continue losing lives and money to a preventable problem.
VisitDallas, the sales and marketing organization for the city of Dallas, is a pioneer in the destination marketing organization (DMO) space, leading the way in shaping the visitor experience for travelers of all kinds.
The charter school bargain — the very foundation of charter schools — is that they have the autonomy and freedom to do things differently in exchange for results.
The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) recently awarded Texas A&M University with its highest possible rating for free speech policies, making the campus the first and only university in the state to earn the distinction.
Let’s make sure our lawmakers reach across the aisle and show voters bipartisanship isn’t dead this session. In doing so, we’d make great strides to reform our broken criminal justice system, strengthen our communities, reduce taxpayer costs and keep Texas safe.
Viewed as a whole, it is clear that the state has been increasing its reliance upon property taxes to fund public education while simultaneously restricting local school board members’ ability to fund their schools appropriately.