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A Field Guide To The Taxes of Texas

State taxes make up almost half of Texas’ revenue, with major taxes currently generating $50 billion annually. So that taxpayers and legislators can better understand the major taxes, the Comptroller’s office has published A Field Guide to the Taxes of Texas (available for download below).  It’s a graphic-rich look at the history and rates of the taxes, estimates of future revenue and allocations.

The tablet-friendly design links to in-depth state financial publications, offers an overview of the budget process and outlines the basics of local taxes. Readers can:

>Learn how major taxes have contributed to state revenue during the past 10 years
>See on one page the future revenue estimates, exemption forecasts and tax allocations
>Connect to other in-depth resources about state taxes and finances

This is just one of the many reports the Comptroller’s office publishes to assist state government planning and decision-making, and to account for state spending to Texas taxpayers.

Click Here for PDF of this booklet

Go to the Field Guide to the Taxes of Texas
More information HERE on Texas Transparency from Comptroller Glenn Hegar.

Texas Biennial Revenue Estimates 2016-2017

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD the Biennial Review Estimate 2016-2017 booklet

Eltife votes against taxpayer protection

 

Once again, it was your state senator, Kevin Eltife, who was the lone Republican joining with Democrats to block a conservative reform.

A couple weeks ago, it was Eltife and the Democrats (unsuccessfully) opposing property tax relief.

Yesterday, Sen. Eltife was the only Republican to vote against strengthening the state’s spending limit (Senate Bill 9).

Yes, you read that correctly. While 94 percent of Republican primary voters on the May 2012 ballot supported stronger limitations on the growth of government, Kevin Eltife joined the Democrats in opposing legislation to do just that.

Eltife recently went on a rant in the Senate Finance Committee, where he chided his colleagues for voting for tax relief.

“I think our problem has been over the last 10 years that we haven’t spent enough.”

Actually, Texas’ problem has been too many spendoholics like Kevin Eltife in the legislature, people view the public coffers as their personal mad-money account.

Fortunately, the rest of the Republican caucus disagrees with Eltife. The spending limitation, like property tax relief, passed despite the ineffective ramblings from the grow-government crowd.

It’s time for Kevin Eltife to leave the Senate, where he is clearly way out of touch with his Republican colleagues and the people of Texas.

Respectfully Yours,
Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan
President, Texans for Fiscal Responsibility / EmpowerTexans.com
PO Box 200248 | Austin, TX  78720
Main: (512) 236-0201

Lexington & Concord (1775)

LexingtonBy:  James Still

After reviewing eyewitness accounts of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress summarized events in an address to the citizens of Great Britain:

“By the clearest depositions… it will appear, that, on the night preceding the 19th of April… a body of the king’s troops, under command of colonel Smith, were secretly landed at Cambridge, with an apparent design to take or destroy the military and other stores, provided for the defense of this colony… at Concord[.]   …the town of Lexington… was alarmed, and a company of the inhabitants mustered on the occasion[.]   …the regular troops, on their way to Concord, marched into… Lexington, and… on their approach, [the inhabitants] began to disperse[.]   …the regulars [however] rushed on with great violence, and… continued their fire until those of the said company, who were neither killed nor wounded, had made their escape[.]   …colonel Smith, with the detachment, then marched to Concord, where a number of provincials [Minute Men] were again fired on by the troops… before any of the provincials fired on them; and that these hostile measures of the troops produced an engagement that lasted through the day…

To give a particular account of the ravages of the troops, as they retreated from Concord to Charles Town, would be very difficult, if not impracticable; let it suffice to say, that a great number of the houses on the road were plundered, and rendered unfit for use; several were burnt; women in child-bed were driven by the soldiery naked into the streets; old men, peaceably in their houses, were shot dead, and such scenes exhibited, as would disgrace the annals of the most uncivilized nations.”   Massachusetts Provincial Congress, To the Inhabitants of Great Britain, April 26, 1775

James Still (Apr 2015), JamesStill@RetraceOurSteps.com

… it being of the greatest importance, that an early, true, and authentic account of this inhuman proceeding should be known to you, the congress of this colony… think it proper to address you on this alarming occasion.”  Massachusetts Provincial Congress, To the Inhabitants of Great Britain, April 26, 1775

“… the Battle of Lexington on the 19th of April, changed the Instruments of Warfare from the Pen to the Sword.”  John Adams, Autobiography, Part 1, (April 1775)

Recent Congressional Votes as of March 30, 2015 from MegaVote

March 30, 2015In this MegaVote for Texas’ 1st Congressional District:

Recent Congressional Votes

  • Senate: Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution – Adoption
  • House: Ukraine Military Assistance ? Passage
  • House: Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning ? Passage

Editor’s Note: Both chambers are in recess until Monday, April 13.

Recent Senate Votes
Fiscal 2016 Budget Resolution – Adoption – Vote Agreed to (52-46, 2 Not Voting)

The Senate passed adopted the concurrent resolution that would set broad spending and revenue targets over the next 10 years. It would allow $523 billion for defense discretionary spending and $493.5 billion for non-defense spending in fiscal 2016, the statutory level set by the 2011 budget law.

Sen. Ted Cruz voted NO
Sen. John Cornyn voted YES


Recent House Votes
Ukraine Military Assistance ? Passage – Vote Passed (348-48, 36 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and adopt the resolution stating that the House of Representatives “strongly urges” the president to fully and immediately exercise authorities provided by Congress to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons systems in order to enhance the ability of the Ukrainian people to defend their sovereign territory from the “unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation.”

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES


Veterans Affairs Future Budget Planning ? Passage – Vote Passed (420-0, 12 Not Voting)

The House agreed to a motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended, that would direct the Veterans Affairs Department to annually submit to Congress a future-years veterans program with its budget request. The program would reflect estimated expenditures and proposed appropriations for that fiscal year and succeeding four fiscal years, and would include a five-year plan for the department to meet its commitment to veterans, including the resources needed to do so.

Rep. Louie Gohmert voted YES

Texas Voter Turnout: Lowest in the Nation!

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As the nation commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Nonprofit VOTE is pleased to release its biennial voter turnout report, America Goes to the Polls 2014, based on final data certified by state election offices. The report ranks voter turnout in all 50 states to look at major factors underlying voter participation in this historically low-turnout election.

While just 36.6% of eligible citizens voted, the lowest in a midterm since World War II, turnout varied widely across states by as much as 30 percentage points. Maine led the nation with 58.5% turnout among eligible voters, follow by Wisconsin at 56.8%, and Colorado at 54.5%. Nevada, Tennessee, New York, Texas and Indiana made up the bottom five all with less than 30% of their eligible voters participating.

March 2, 2015 Meeting: Human Trafficking – The Silent Storm

GUEST SPEAKER:  JULIE B. COSGROVE

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If you think this is not a local problem…think again.

DID YOU KNOW…
Child sex trafficking is a big business for criminals in the U.S., generating more than $9.5 billion a year, and according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), more than 300,000 minors annually are victimized by human trafficking.

Another good source on Human Trafficking can be found at:
www.TraffickingResourceCenter.org

May 2015 City of Longview Election Information

Election Day
CITY OF LONGVIEW ELECTION INFORMATION
The May 9 General Election will include Mayor, City Council Districts 1 and 2 &
City Council District 5 (for Unexpired Term)

ELECTION DAY:
Saturday, May 9, 2015

EARLY VOTING:
Monday, April 27 – Friday, May 1 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monday, May 4 – Tuesday, May 5 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
All early voting is conducted in the lobby of City Hall located at 300 W. Cotton St.

ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS:
District 1: Pine Tree Community Center, 1701 Pine Tree Road
District 2: Stamper Park Resource Center, 502 S. Center Street
District 3: Broughton Recreation Center, 801 S. M.L. King Blvd.
District 4: Forest Park Magnet School Library, 1644 N. Eastman Rd.
District 5: 3101 Spring Hill Rd. – Spring Hill School, L.L.Williamson Auditorium Lobby
Auditorium is located around the corner on Spring Hill Cut-Off Rd.
District 6: 300 W. Cotton St. – City Hall Lobby

Polling locations are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on date of election.


 CITY OF LONGVIEW CANDIDATES
(Please note: Filing deadline is February 27th – below are candidates that have filed to date.)

(Longview, TX) A general election for City of Longview Mayor and City Council Districts 1 and 2 and special election for the unexpired term of District 5 will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Candidates may file an application for a place on the ballot for Mayor and District 1 and 2 between January 28 and February 27.

ELECTION DAY, SATURDAY MAY 9, 2015
EARLY VOTING: APRIL 27 – MAY 5, 2015


 CANDIDATE INFO FOR MAYOR


Richard Manley
Age: 60
Occupation: Business Owner
Mailing Address: 3201 Crenshaw Street, Longview, TX 75605
Telephone:
Office: 903-387-0207
Home: 903-297-3111
www.richardmanley.net

Andy Mack
Age: 54
Occupation: Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Mailing Address: 9 Thorntree, Longview, TX 75601
Telephone:
Office: 903-758-3444
Home: 903-757-2060
www.mackforlongview.com

G. Floyd
Age: 50
Occupation:  Minister of the Gospel/Small Business Entrepreneur/Airhandler/Eng. Tech/Educator/Contractor
Mailing Address:  2109 S. Eastman, Longview 75602
Phone: 713-447-8795
READ BIO HERE…


CANDIDATE INFO FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1


Ed Moore
Age: 68
Occupation: Retired
Mailing Address: 707 Willowood Street, Longview, TX 75604
Telephone:
Home: 903-297-5695
www.edmoorelongview.com

Jearl P. Morris
Age: 79
Occupation: Professional Engineer
Mailing Address: 502 Lakewood Drive, Longview, TX 75604
Telephone:
Office: 903-736-4836
Home: 903-297-4778


 CANDIDATE INFO FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 2


Nona Snoddy
Age:  54
Occupation: Longview ISD Teacher
Mailing Address:  117 W. Edgefield Avenue, Longview, Texas  75602
Telephone:
Office:  903-452-6067
Home: 903-757-8849

Current Councilman for District 2, Gary Smith, will not seek re-election.


 CANDIDATE INFO FOR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 (FOR UNEXPIRED TERM)


Ben Shelton
Age: 34
Occupation: Director of Operations Pathway Church
Mailing Address: 3204 Oakleigh Street, Longview, TX 75605
Telephone:
Office: 903-212-7770
Home: 903-235-7093
www.benshelton.net

David Wright
Age: 58
Occupation: Business Owner
Mailing Address: 3700 Holly Trail, Longview 75605
Telephone:
Office: 903-758-9498
Home: 903-291-1550


 

 

 

Texas Lawmakers Launch Attack on UN Agenda 21

Fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of offi­cials in other states, law­mak­ers in Texas intro­duced leg­is­la­tion that would pro­hibit some state and local gov­ern­ment par­tic­i­pa­tion in the deeply con­tro­ver­sial United Nations “sus­tain­abil­ity” scheme known as Agenda 21. With bills tar­get­ing the UN pro­gram intro­duced in both houses of the leg­is­la­ture and out­rage about Agenda 21 still grow­ing across Texas and the nation, activists and law­mak­ers are hope­ful that the state will suc­ceed in pro­tect­ing prop­erty rights, self-government, and eco­nomic free­dom from the Obama administration-backed UN scheme. How­ever, ele­ments of the estab­lish­ment media and UN-loving forces in Texas and beyond have already made clear that they intend to fight back.   

The anti-Agenda 21 leg­is­la­tion, filed last week by Repub­li­can State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Molly White in the House and GOP State Sen­a­tor Bob Hall in the Sen­ate as S.B. 445, take aim at state and local gov­ern­ment fund­ing to UN-linked orga­ni­za­tions involved in impos­ing the plan­e­tary scheme. “A gov­ern­men­tal entity may not enter into an agree­ment or con­tract with, accept money from, or grant money or other finan­cial aid to a non­govern­men­tal or inter­gov­ern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion accred­ited by the United Nations to imple­ment a pol­icy that orig­i­nated in the Agenda 21 plan adopted by mem­bers of the United Nations at the United Nations Con­fer­ence on Envi­ron­ment and Devel­op­ment in June 1992,” the bill explains.  CONTINUE READING…

WATCH CITY OF LONGVIEW MAYOR DEBATE

LONGVIEW MAYORAL DEBATE
SPONSORED BY:  WE THE PEOPLE-LONGVIEW TEA PARTY
TUESDAY, MARCH 24TH
LOCATION: LONGVIEW FIRST CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE
2601 H.G. MOSLEY PKWY., LONGVIEW
7:00 P.M.

PART ONE

PART TWO

CANDIDATES:

RICHARD MANLEY, Current City Councilman District 5

Richard Manley
www.RichardManley.net

AND

DR. ANDY MACK

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www.MackForLongview.com


Candidate Mr. G. Floyd declined our invitation to participate in Debate.


G. FLOYD

G. Floyd
READ BIO HERE…