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Belton resident claims city trashing rights over mandated garbage service (TX)

To what extent should government be able to compel the public to pay for city-provided services? And what if those services aren’t being provided at an acceptable performance level or at a reasonably competitive price? Belton resident Joe Trevino Jr. is facing such a dilemma over his city’s garbage and recycling collection. In early April, Keep Reading…

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Millennials poised to drive second-wave libertarianism into mainstream politics

Supporting the convention theme of Generation Liberty!, Alexander McCobin, founder and current executive director of Students for Liberty (SFL), discussed the future of liberty at the recent Libertarian Party of Texas state convention in Temple. In the building of a movement, McCobin spoke of how libertarians have been closed off. He acknowledged movement members are Keep Reading…

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New state economic performance ranking shows Texas’ best, worst tax policy

As each April 15 prompts Americans to focus attention on federal income tax returns, this day also brings opportunity to discuss state-level tax policy, its impact on a state’s economic outlook ranking and the long-term growth prospects it creates. States implementing onerous tax codes often learn just how prone taxpayers are to “voting with their Keep Reading…

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Morales plea deal – good deal for one, great for others to put behind? (TX)

A plea agreement announced last week in Bell County allowed former Temple Mayor Pro Tem Judy Morales to plead no contest to a Class B misdemeanor charge of destruction, removal or alteration of public documents. Per Bell County Attorney Jim Nichols, this charge was punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and/or confinement of up Keep Reading…

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More government transparency? Require public votes by elected officials on open record issues (TX)

Open government – which includes access to public information and activities – is critical for the functioning of a free society and is one of the principles upon which this country was founded. Government transparency in Texas is supported by Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code, also known as the Texas Public Information Act Keep Reading…

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