The coming year could be a watershed moment for energy policy in the United States. The infamous Production Tax Credit (PTC), a federal subsidy for renewable energy, is set to expire, marking a potential step toward more reliable energy, a freer market and a change in the energy production landscape for the better — should we allow it.
The PTC is a $24-per-megawatt-hour credit based on production rather than demand. That means those who produce renewable energy can receive the credit regardless of whether or not that electricity is actually needed. The incentive is so immense that at peak hours of output, wind producers can actually pay retail electric providers, the companies that deliver the energy to homes and businesses, to take their product.
I served 35 years in law enforcement, retiring honorably from the Parker County Sheriffs Office in January of 2015 at the rank of Captain. My service includes nine years as Chief Investigator of the Parker County Attorneys Office and five years as its Chief Deputy.
I was responsible during most of the last 15 years of my tenure to the Sheriff(s) I served, for the assessment and development of the Sheriff’s Annual Jail and Operations Budgets, among other duties.
I was professionally acquainted with former Commissioner Mack Dobbs during his tenure. I’m here to say without hesitation that Mr. Dobbs was not a supporter of Law Enforcement, at any level.
My husband was a patrol deputy under Sheriffs Billy Cain, Ben Whiteman and Jay Brown. During these years, Mr. Dobbs, Plugge, and Horton were all commissioners. They denied most, if not all requests from the Sheriff’s Office for anything needed, especially safety-related things, like reliable patrol cars with decent tires, bulletproof vests, etc. A county convenience store started a fundraiser to raise the money for the bulletproof vests for the deputies.
In April of 2001, my husband was diagnosed with cancer. He continued to go to the office and work every single day with the exception of when he was taking chemotherapy.
After Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over a top House Democrat in a New York City primary, the left was elated.
“Ocasio-Cortez’s Socialism Can Work in the Midwest — with a Rebrand,” declared New York Magazine (a somewhat dubious authority on what can work in the Midwest). Its reasoning? Ocasio-Cortez’s “Medicare for All” plan polls well.
“Both Medicare for All and single-payer health care enjoy majority support in recent polling from the Kaiser Family Foundation,” the magazine points out. But it acknowledges that when more facts are presented to those being polled, support drops. And the fact is, we know exactly what Medicare for All would look like.
Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2018. (Photo: Yuri Gripas/Reuters/Newscom)
Former Attorney General Eric Holder believes that Michelle Obama was wrong when she famously advised, “When they go low, we go high.” Rather, he told Democrats at a gathering in Georgia, “When they go low, we kick them.”
If Holder had been honest, he would have said, “When they win a presidency via the constitutionally mandated route and the duly elected president nominates a Supreme Court justice with a 12-year exceptional record on the bench and then the duly elected Senate follows all the rules and precedents set by Democrats—offering numerous hearings and investigations along the way—and confirms that nominee, we kick them, because we’re frustrated.”
Testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform by the Honorable Talmadge Heflin
TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION
Chairman Bettencourt and Members of the Committee:
My name is Talmadge Heflin, and I am the director of the Center for Fiscal Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan free market think tank based here in Austin. Thank you for inviting me to give testimony on increasing transparency of local property taxes.
Providing transparency of debt proposals. State law requires political subdivisions to provide only two items of information on the ballot for any given proposition: “the amount their local government entity proposes to borrow and a general description of
the purpose,” according to the Texas Comptroller.
The former is inadequate because it does not properly convey the total cost of the bond issuance, while the latter often lacks specificity and is written in legalese that can be open to interpretation.
“From a moment a student steps on campus today, he is inundated with the message that he is in a racist, sexist environment,” Heather Mac Donald says.
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When we think of institutions that shape our nation’s future, many often think of Congress and the White House, but it was John Maynard Keynes, the British economist, who said that a great deal of the change we see in politics and in society at large actually starts with professors, academics, people he called “scribblers a few years back.” Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of the new book “The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture”–and someone who’s been studying and writing about that very thing. This is a transcript of an interview on the Sept. 20 episode of The Daily Signal podcast. It was edited for length, style, and clarity.
Daniel Davis: Heather, a typical observer these days who maybe has been around the United States for a couple decades sees a lot of disturbing changes in recent years: new pushes for identity politics, new racial tension, battles over diversity.
Empower Texans, September 25th, 2018, by Ashley Whittenberger
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Many elected officials in Hays County have gotten into a very bad (and dishonest) habit of blaming others for property tax increases.
The most recent example of this is when I had a public Facebook conversation with a Dripping Springs ISD school board trustee about property taxes, and I brought up evidence for why I’m concerned about the local school board’s management of our money.
Currently, DSISD has more per-student debt than 98 percent of all school districts in the state, a staggering $76,000 per student. And in just the last year, the average homeowner in our district paid almost $500 more in school taxes.
In my social media conversation with the DSISD school board trustee, we discussed the skyrocketing taxes and alarming debt, but the trustee attempted to shift the focus onto the appraisal district and the state. In reality, the school board is the best opportunity we have to slow down these escalating school property taxes, because they have control over the budget, spending, and the tax rate. The tax rate is the controlling factor in the property tax equation. The property valuation isn’t.