Texas lawmakers are fixing to allocate billions more dollars to transportation. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is the state’s third-largest agency. Spending on roads and bridges will push past $11 billion this year. But, without a few simple procurement reforms, Texans may miss out on a $1 billion per year in savings.
In a breathless, Drudge Report-linked headline, the Washington Post reported last week that the “Majority of U.S. public school students are in poverty.” A Huffington Post piece by Rebecca Klein, published 12 minutes earlier, sported a similar headline, “More Than Half Of American Schoolchildren Now Live In Poverty.” The only problem with these headlines, and the stories beneath them, is that they aren’t true—not even close.
As a general rule, conservatively-run states have a far lower cost of living than do liberal states and this lower cost of living greatly benefits the people who pay rent, buy food, and contract for service — a fact that is frequently glossed over by partisans who favor larger government as well as many analysts.
AUSTIN, Texas — One of the greatest and most consistent challenges for any elected official is resisting the powerful urge to “do something” with political power. Free markets are self-organizing, decentralized, and seemingly chaotic to the outside observer.
AUSTIN, Texas–An article entitled, “He’ll mess with Texas: Recruiting expert says state ‘has to buy jobs,’” appeared in the Austin Business Journal on July 9 and appeared across the nation in the BizJournals.com family. The piece managed to insult both
Another business climate survey was just released, and, in what won’t be a shock for regular Breitbart readers, it assigns Texas a grade of A+ for small business friendliness with California netting an F. What makes this survey unique is
“Think tank…” For the average American, the phrase likely conjures up a range of thoughts, from a vague wrinkle of the brow to a silent muse lines along the lines of a classic Jerry Seinfeld sketch, “It’s a tank. To
As with many federal accounts, the Highway Trust Fund is running on empty. Refilled with the 18.4-cent per gallon gas tax and disbursed by politicians and bureaucrats in Washington, the federal highway fund faces a $63 billion shortfall through 2018. Texas
State governments enjoy widely varying levels of trust, that’s the finding of a new Gallup poll summarized by Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak on April 7. Illinois rests at the bottom of the trust heap with a trust deficit of 42
State governments enjoy widely varying levels of trust. That’s the finding of a new Gallup poll summarized by Breitbart’s Joel B. Pollak on April 7. Illinois rests at the bottom of the trust heap with a trust deficit of 42
America’s biggest state is now getting its own Breitbart page. Or is it its second, counting Big Hollywood? Or its third, given Big Government’s content? If California is to make its way back to more liberty and less government–and America
The number of food stamp recipients (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP) fell in Texas in 2013, dropping 4.6 percent from a year earlier to 3.9 million recipients in December 2013. Nationally, SNAP caseload declined by 2.1 percent from
Overall taxes as a share of Texas’ residents’ income fell from 2010 to 2011, from 7.9 percent to 7.5 percent, mainly due to the strength of the Texas economy and the fact that the Texas state legislature resisted calls from
The Bureau of Labor Statistics updated many of their figures in the past week. Here’s some interesting numbers regarding average hours worked and average weekly earnings: –$1,394 was the average for weekly earnings in the San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara region in
In 1989, before the push to impose statewide K-12 standards in Texas, there were 196,497 teachers supported by 180,728 non-teaching staff for a total of 377,225 people. This public school workforce taught 3,271,509 students. But, the public education system in
In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville worried that someday America would lose its liberty to “…a network of small complicated rules…” reducing citizens to sheep with the government their “shepherd.” He termed this soft tyranny or despotism. Today, the
In two weeks it’ll be two years since Andrew Breitbart departed this world, leaving behind a wife and four children that he desperately loved. I mourn the void he left behind, both as an irrepressible friend and the indispensable man
A year ago graphic novel artist Billy Tucci unveiled “Billy Tucci’s ‘A Child is Born‘” to critical acclaim. Tucci, a U.S. Army veteran, is an award-winning illustrator known more for Sgt. Rock, capes and cowls than inspirational Christian art. Tucci
In the last debate, President Obama hit Governor Romney for wanting, “…to import the foreign policies of the 1980s.” This period was a formative time for Mr. Obama, age 51, and myself, age 50. While a college student then, Obama
On June 25, Bloomberg Businessweek ran a piece entitled, “States Lacking Income Tax Get No Boost in Growth: BGOV Barometer.” This article, and similar pieces in other venues, detailed a February 2012 study by the Institute on Taxation and Economic
The federal government announced the new, official unemployment rate this week: 8.1 percent, down from 8.2 percent. Far fewer jobs were added in April than expected–115,000–so the official rate declined slightly because more people stopped looking for work. The workforce
Garden Plot: a generic Operations Plan for military support related to domestic civil disturbances. Like charred fingers clawing skyward, columns of thick black smoke rose from a burning Los Angeles. It was April 30, 1992, and I was flying into
“Deep in the Heart” is the sort of film that Hollywood long ago abandoned: a solid drama with an uplifting theme. The movie chronicles the life of Richard “Dick” Wallrath, a hardscrabble Texan whose alcoholism damages his children, destroys his
Billy Tucci's 'A Child Is Born': Graphic Novel Treats the Nativity as a Real-Life Superhero Origin Story
If comic book artists were rock stars, Billy Tucci would be more of a Yo-Yo Ma – a man whose talents would be recognized immediately by those fortunate enough to discover him. I first met Tucci, an award-winning illustrator and
Last week’s Republican Presidential debate confirmed one thing: Texas Governor Rick Perry’s main challenge in winning the Republican nomination will be his ability to explain his record on illegal immigration as governor vs. what he proposes to do about it