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Howard A. Hickman

Retired attorney, political scientist

Howard A. Hickman is a political scientist and retired attorney with over 20 years of government service. He developed Bill Clements’ “Taxpayer Bill of Rights,” which helped elect Texas’ first Republican governor since Reconstruction and the enactment of an expenditure limiting constitutional amendment in 1978.

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Time to sunset the Sunset Advisory Commission

The Sunset Advisory Commission was established to periodically review this level of governance, review the need for agencies and make them more cost effective. But Sunset reviews usually result in minor tweaks to agencies without much benefit to the Texas taxpayer. Perhaps it’s time to consider a sunset of the Sunset Advisory Commission.