The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) is holding an open meeting on Friday, December 7 at which the commissioners might make changes to a pricing rule that would impose an electricity “tax” on Texas consumers as high as $4 billion a year.
Electricity generators and wind industry representatives asked the PUC in October to adopt the electricity tax because they claim aren’t making enough money.
A firefighter keeps watching the wildfire burning near a freeway in Simi Valley, California, on Nov. 12. (Photo: Chine Nouvelle/SIPA/Newscom)
Despite what Democratic California Gov. Jerry Brown and environmentalists say, man-made global warming is not a big factor in the wildfires raging across California, according to a veteran climate scientist.
University of Washington climate scientist Cliff Mass, no skeptic of global warming, said blaming California’s deadliest wildfire on a changing climate “has little grounding in fact or science.”
“Global warming is a profoundly serious threat to mankind, but it has little impact [on] the Camp Fire and many of the coastal California fires of the past few years,” Mass wrote on his blog Tuesday.
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.