Tax Credits: Valuable Incentive or Slippery Slope?

TPPF, By Carly Good|June 13, 2019
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Proponents argue that economic development incentives – such as tax credits – provide a multitude of benefits to taxpayers and society at large. This apparent popularity could be due to the perception that government subsidies effectively “have no downside and cost taxpayers nothing.” However, this is simply not the case. Tax breaks do in fact have a downside and impose a huge cost to the taxpayer. For instance, when looking at renewable energy subsidies in the State of Texas, “we estimate the total cost to taxpayers and consumers of these subsidies in Texas from 2006 to 2029 to be $36 billion.”

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WISD board votes to table compensation increase

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Weatherford ISD board of trustees tabled the compensation increase in a 6-1 vote on Monday evening during the regular board meeting.

Trustees discussed increasing pay for all employees by 3 percent from the pay grade midpoint on top of the state-required pay raises for employees. They are scheduled to meet next Monday to reconsider the increase.

In the motion to table, most of the board members agreed that the compensation increase decision should be resolved by July 1. Employee contracts begin in July for 12-month and 11-month contracts, and 10-month contracts, which most teachers are on, begin in August, WISD Business and Finance Assistant Superintendent Lori Boswell said.

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Archbishop who called on pope to resign gives 1st interview since self-imposed exile

LMTonline, by Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli, The Washington Post,

ROME – In the instant he became one of the most controversial figures in modern Catholic Church history, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark.

The retired Vatican ambassador to Washington wrote a bombshell letter last summer calling on Pope Francis to resign on the grounds that he had tolerated a known sexual abuser. As that letter was published, Viganò turned off his phone, told friends he was disappearing, and let the church sort through the fallout.

Nine months later, in his first extended interview since that moment, Viganò refused to disclose his location or say much about his self-imposed exile. But his comments indicate that, even in hiding, he is maintaining his role as the fiercest critic of the Francis era, acting either as an honorable rebel or, as his critics see it, as an ideological warrior attacking a pope he doesn’t like.

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Nullification ~ “the rightful remedy” for federal acts outside the constitution

In 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote that nullification was “the rightful remedy” for federal acts outside the constitution.

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But what did that mean? And how do you nullify?

When Jefferson told us that “every state has a natural right” to nullify federal acts outside the constitution, he didn’t say how to do it.

In fact, even though a few decades later, some of his most prominent supporters claimed to base their own nullification process on his advice, he never in his life actually gave us step-by-step nullification instructions.

So is Jeffersonian nullification just an abstract philosophical concept? Did he leave us totally in the dark?

Well, he did leave a pretty serious clue about how to nullify in his draft of the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798. In response to the hated Alien and Sedition Acts, he called on each state to:

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The Armed Citizen

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Read these amazing stories which highlight accounts of law-abiding gun owners in America using their Second Amendment rights for self-defense in this online edition of the Armed Citizen®.

March 27, 2019 –

In a reported home invasion in Chattanooga, Tenn., a man was doing laundry in his residence when a would-be robber entered through the front door, spoke briefly to the homeowner, and then let two other men into the residence. The would-be robber took a pistol from one accomplice and demanded money from the homeowner. Surprising the apparent robbers, the homeowner retrieved a gun from underneath a couch cushion in the living room and fired several times at the men. One man was struck by a bullet and died. A physical struggle ensued between the homeowner and the first man who entered the residence, while the third fled. The homeowner broke free and ran into his bedroom. At that time, the first would-be robber apparently ran off. Police located both suspects and charged them with aggravated robbery. (, Chattanooga, Tenn., 3/27/19)

Armed Citizen Extra
A pastor and his wife defended their Houston home from an intruder one Saturday night. After hearing something outside of their back door, they went to investigate and saw the suspect breaking in. In fear for their lives, both fired upon the man, who reportedly died on the scene. After the shooting, the couple went outside, placed their guns on the ground, and waited for the officers to arrive. (, Houston, Texas, 5/6/19)

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First indication that the 86th Legislative Session was an abysmal failure ~

The most effective and most responsive government is the one that is closest to the people.   

by Lenny Leatherman, 05/31/2019

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The first indication that the 86th Legislative Session was an abysmal failure is that the Democrats were pleased with it.

Remember all the excitement in the House and Senate as members squabbled over how to spend every last dime of YOUR money they casually referred to as surplus revenue?

Surplus revenue is your elected officials’ way of defining the $10 BILLION Texans were overcharged! Refund the surplus to its rightful owners…not a chance!

Their ‘feed frenzy’ resembled 181 buzzards circling over the Texas Capital most of which were frantically attempting to pick apart the taxpayers’ carcass!

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Commentary: Why I’m Retiring After Disappointing 2019 Legislature

How was the 86th Texas Legislative Session?

Well, if you talk to legislators themselves, it was the best ever. That is based on how they feel more than anything else. There was far more “cooperation” and “unity” than before; everybody was nicer to each other throughout this session. The fights were minimal from the outside.

So, everything is great, right?

Not exactly. We don’t send these folks to Austin to be a tax-funded social club; we send them there to get things done. So, let’s move away from feelings and look at facts and accomplishments. Did they accomplish more?

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After the Supreme Court Said Unions Can’t Force Non-Members to Pay Dues, Almost All of Them Stopped

After the Janus ruling, AFSCME lost 98 percent of its agency fee-paying members, while the SEIU lost 94 percent.


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Given the choice of no longer paying to support unions they didn’t want to join in the first place, lots of public sector workers took it.

Two of the largest public sector unions in the country lost more than 210,000 so-called “agency fee members” in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling that said unions could no longer force non-members to pay partial dues. That case, Janus v. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, effectively freed public workers from having to make “fair share” payments—usually totaling about 70 to 80 percent of full union dues—in lieu of joining a union as a full-fledged member.

Now, annual reports filed with the federal Department of Labor show that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) lost 98 percent of it’s agency fee-paying members during the past year. Another large public sector union, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), lost 94 percent of their agency fee-paying members.

Energy News In Another Reversal, Apple Allows App Countering Climate Alarmism

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Apple’s on-again, off-again relationship with an online smartphone application that challenges global warming alarmism is back on.

The app, Inconvenient Facts, is available again in Apple’s App Store, much to the delight of the geologist who inspired it.

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Equality Act Could Impose Left-Wing LGBT Curriculum on Whole Nation

The Daily Signal, Jarrett Stepman /  May 11, 2019

If Democrats’ priority legislation becomes law, public schools could be forced to include discussions about transgenderism in math and history classes for elementary school students.

The Equality Act, if passed and signed into law, would add gender identity and sexual orientation to the list of classes—race, color, religion, sex, and national origin–protected in the Civil Rights Act.

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