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Excessive Property Taxes Rob Texans of Real Ownership of their Homes

It happens on the first Tuesday of every month. Bidders gather at the west entrance steps of the Smith County Courthouse, looking for bargains. At 10 a.m., the sales commence—properties are auctioned off to pay the taxes owed on them. Some are vacant lots and some are homes. All were seized from their owners over...

By Vance Ginn, Ph.D., James Quintero, E. J. Antoni

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Electricity isn’t on the special session agenda — and that’s a good thing

Amid the hubbub of the Texas House Democrats’ flight to Washington, D.C. to avoid voting on election protection reforms during the special session, many Texans are wondering why electric reliability didn’t make the special session agenda. After all, isn’t this a critical issue, especially as summer continues to heat up? But Gov. Greg Abbott’s recent...

By The Honorable Jason Isaac
July 15, 2021

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As California Exports Blackouts To Nearby States, Will Texas Avoid The Same Fate?

California’s electric grid operator declared a “Flex Alert” Friday morning, showing all that mandated solar and wind power can’t reliably keep the lights on in California. California’s politically driven renewable energy mandates are likely to cause more blackouts this summer outside of California after a remarkable ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) that allows California to hijack...

July 12, 2021