Busting the State Spending Cap

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Some trying to bust the state spending cap... Illegal aliens cost HISD $28 million... Funds flow for new toll roads... Dallas GOP endorses in speakership race...
 
Very Thankful!
 
What a year 2014 has been! Without a doubt, this has been the most successful year we’ve had at Texans for Fiscal Responsibility. 
 
More than ever, we’re empowering Texas voters with the truth about what happens in their state and local governments. It hasn’t made us popular in Austin, but that’s also a good sign!
 
We at Texans for Fiscal Responsibility have a lot for which to be thankful. And while we’d love to list everything, here’s our top five:
 
5. Opportunity
Living and working in Texas is a blessing unlike any other. Like millions before us, the Lone Star State has afforded our staff the opportunity to work towards seeing a dream realized. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility’s goal is to empower citizens with the truth, all based around the simple idea that government and elected officials exist to serve taxpayers, and not the other way around.
 
We’ve seen a lot of success, but there’s still much more to be done.
 
4. Coalition Partners
This year Texans for Fiscal Responsibility began working with other conservative organizations from across the state in what’s been dubbed the Life, Liberty and Property Tour. Its purpose? To make sure that what happens in Austin, no longer stays in Austin.
 
We’re proud to partner and tour the state with Texas Right to Life, Texas Home School Coalition, Grassroots America - We the People, Texas Eagle Forum, Concerned Women for America, and Texas Values in the effort to shine a bright light on your state and local governments.
 
3. Steadfast Support
No matter what we’ve gone through. No matter what the naysayers may claim. No matter how loud the noise becomes. You always have our back, and we always have yours.
 
Standing on principle isn’t easy, but knowing we're standing together makes all the difference.
 
2. The People of Texas
The Lone Star State has quite a reputation, and for good reason. But despite what some may say, Texas isn’t great because of her resources or economic success. Texas is great because of her people. From McAllen to Dalhart, Texarkana to El Paso, and everywhere in between, our state is full of men and women who place principles over politics and a hand up over a hand out.
 
Texas embodies the American dream, and we’re grateful to be a part of it.
 
1. You
We can’t say enough how thankful we are for your support. Texans for Fiscal Responsibility has become the most trusted name in the conservative movement in Texas, and it’s thanks to friends like you.
 
We’re honored you’ve put your trust in us. We look forward to continuing to work alongside you to promote a stronger, freer, and more prosperous Texas!
 
Thankfully Yours,   
Michael Quinn Sullivan
& the EmpowerTexans.com Team
 
 
November 23, 2014
 
QUOTING...
“They have the usual socialist disease; they have run out of other people's money.” - Margaret Thatcher
 
 
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In Today's
News Digest
 
Despite unprecedented increases in state spending in 2013, some lawmakers are itching to spend even more...
 
A move is on to bust the state's spending cap. Where do you stand? Where does your legislator stand?
 
The cost for the 3,000 recently enrolled illegal minors will leave HISD taxpayers with a roughly $28 million bill...
 
Despite being promised Proposition 1 would not support the creation of new toll roads, officials now admit the new dollars will make it easier to fund toll projects without reform...
 
The Dallas County GOP endorsed Scott Turner for Speaker of the Texas House...
 
Always fresh content at EmpowerTexans.com!
 
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Our 2nd Annual Conservative Leaders Gala in the Metroplex on Dec. 6th. The dinner event will feature awards to grassroots citizen leaders and a keynote address by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
 
 
 
TODAY'S NEWS
Democrats
The Joe Straus Record
by Empower Texans Foundation
At the beginning of the upcoming Texas Legislative Session, members of the Texas House will decide who the state’s third-ranking constitutional officer will be for the current biennium. Texans should be informed about who their representatives are supporting — whether they are enabling the obstructionist tendencies of past sessions, or standing with a principled leader.  Read more»
 
  Roads  
Don't Bust The Cap
Texas leads the nation in job growth and economic opportunity. So why do some in Austin want lawmakers to bust the state's spending cap and grow spending beyond our economic means?
 
Learn more at DontBustTheCap.com
 
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Unaccompanied Minors Costing Houston Taxpayers Millions
by Charles Blain
In a progress report Empower Texans obtained, HISD’s Government Relations Director, Ashlea Graves released the shocking numbers that show a dramatic increase in enrollment of unaccompanied Central American minors over this past summer.   Read more»
 
  Craig Estes  
Dallas County GOP Endorses Turner
by Ross Kecseg
The executive committee of the Dallas County Republican Party passed a resolution endorsing Rep. Scott Turner (R-Frisco) for Texas House Speaker. The resolution described Turner’s reputation as a leader who has “fought for government transparency and efficiency, fought for tax relief for hard-working Texans and small business owners, supports pro-life, and supports school choice.”   Read more»
 
  Craig Estes  
Prop 1’s Toll Prohibition Is Effectively Meaningless
by Christopher Paxton
Proposition 1’s largest “selling point” was that funds diverted from the state’s emergency savings account to transportation would only be spent on non-tolled roads. At last week’s RTC meeting, however, officials admitted that increases in state funding will actually make it easier for them to build more tollways and passenger rail by freeing up existing revenue that can now be replaced by Prop 1 money.   Read more»
 
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Based in east Texas' Smith County, Grassroots America We The People sponsors Constitutional studies training, conservative activist and candidate training, and government watchdog committees in support of limited government and fiscal responsibility.  Get to know GAWTP!