Report Examines Major Article III Budget Changes for Education
AUSTIN – Today, the Texas Public Policy Foundation released a paper by Center for Fiscal Policy Director Talmadge Heflin and Economist Dr. Vance Ginn on Article III, which includes education in Texas’ state budget. The paper, Texas Budget Trends in Article III, is the third of six in a series that examines trends in each article of the Texas budget.
From RedState.com, by Erick Erickson, December 13th, 2012 –
Somewhere in America this week, Protestant Christ followers will donate money to fund missionaries. The offering for the Lottie Moon fund will be collected. Mission to the World will get a check. The Foreign Mission Board will be funded and prayed for. The Salvation Army bell will be rung.
Around the nation, Evangelical America will, throughout the year, hear tales of their missions, missionaries, and their money at work drawing people in foreign lands and occasional parts of the United States to Christ. They will hear of using their money to rebuild churches and homes after disaster, to care for the homeless, and to fund retirements of past preachers of the Truth.
Rollins: “Keeping Texas Competitive” agenda will help reduce Texas’ tax and spending burden, stand up against federal overreach, improve educational quality, and foster a free-market economy
AUSTIN – The Texas Public Policy Foundation opened its 9th Annual Policy Orientation for the Texas Legislature by releasing “Keeping Texas Competitive: An Agenda for Prosperity and Growth,” a package of policy recommendations for the 82nd Texas Legislature.
“Our research has documented that free markets and limited government have been the reasons for Texas’ economic dominance during the last decade,” said Foundation president Brooke Rollins. “With the recession we just came through and the difficult challenges ahead, we wanted to put together a roadmap to help our legislators understand how they can use these 140 days to position Texas for future greatness.”
If I hadn’t already mentioned this before, this may come as a shock to some of you – but yesterday, the United States Senate actually voted to single out Texas to send a message that it better get in line.
You see, the Governor of Texas had the audacity to tell Washington, “no.” No to education funding that came with Washington strings and that would cost Texans more in the long run. No to unemployment insurance funding that would have come with similar strings and cost. And recently, along with other Texas state officials, no to federal government interference with traditional state authority to regulate oil and gas exploration.
Heaven forbid. Because, don’t you know, Washington is the fountain of all wisdom and virtue – and we must jump when Washington says “jump.” But when we don’t… oh, no… when we don’t, the powers that be along the Potomac decide to proceed like this:
There are organized efforts underway (including Bobby Rigues’ Aledo-area campaign) to thumbscrew the Legislature for more school money. Naturally, it’s “for the children”. Who can be against that?
I don’t agree that taxpayers are insufficiently supportive of education. I agree that funds more properly used for education are gobbled up by indefensible administrative compensation, sports activities, ego-stroking stadiums, and so forth. Our local ISDs have obscenely bloated budgets for the population base.
I think I am just going to go postal the next time I hear we taxpayers get lectured by a superintendent making six figures from the public teat about needing support “for the children”. How about their support? Does their nobility extend to making the same wage as the average taxpayer in their district? I thought not.