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Tuesday, September 02, 2008


Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch....

While Prez Election Cranks Up, Texas State Bureaucracies Grind On

Obiden! McCain! Palin! Bristol!

The airwaves and blogosphere is fairly crackling with talk on the upcoming presidential election. With the conventions just half over and a little over 60 days left, the moment is certainly ripe to start schooling up on the who will be the US Chief Executive over the next four years.

Yet, there are other concerns, more close to home, that should also pique taxpayers' interest: Now is the time when Texas state agencies start issuing their legislative budget requests. In other words, now is the time we're going to get our first idea on how much Texas taxpayers are going to pony up to run the government the next two years.

The incomparable Will Lutz of the Lone Star Report recently provided some simple guidelines on how taxpayers can assess the state's proposed spending:

On the last point, I recommend having a look see at the Texas Legislative Budget Board's website, especially:

Happy analyzing and remember, sunlight is the best disinfectant.

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