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Texas financial health – a mixed bag

Some folks think government’s spending spree never has to end. And some folks just don’t think at all. Nonetheless, our latest drum-beating on the need for fiscal vigilance. From Watchdog Arena: Though problem areas bear watching, Texas’ financial health comes in at #19 among U.S. states according to a new Ranking the States by Fiscal Keep Reading…

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Will California vaccine mandate prompt action in Texas?

This is an issue to watch. Not like plenty of people haven’t been for many years, but it seems destined to ratchet up to new levels. From Watchdog Arena: An array of vaccination bills failed to gain traction in the recent Texas legislative session, but sentiments similar to California’s newly passed measure “designed to raise Keep Reading…

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School choice: The ‘missing link’ in Texas education freedom

The challenges Texas students face as they graduate high school, college or other post-K-12 educational pursuits once again reminds how school choice is the “missing link” when it comes to true education reform in the Lone Star State. The problem Many students are trapped in failing schools. Roughly one in four of today’s ninth-graders never Keep Reading…

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Texas school choice: a legislative ‘missed opportunity’

School choice is perhaps one of the most tragic “missed opportunities” in today’s public policy arena. From Watchdog Arena: “There remains a great deal to do.” That’s the assessment of Kent Grusendorf, director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Education Freedom, when discussing education reform and outcomes of the 84th Texas Legislature at Keep Reading…

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Denton repeals fracking ban (TX)

Denton. Another Texas college town wishing it was Austin. From Watchdog Arena: The Denton City Council voted 6-1 early Wednesday morning to “strategically repeal” the city’s hydraulic fracturing ban just seven months after it was approved by what some headlines proclaimed as a “landslide” victory. Citing the ban as “unenforceable” due to a new state law, Keep Reading…

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