At Least They’re Asking
What to know: Texas school districts want voters to approve more debt and higher taxes in the November election. The largest single-item school bond is Prosper ISD’s $2.4 billion ask followed by Conroe ISD’s $1.8 billion proposition and Aldine ISD’s $1.6 billion proposal.
The TPPF take: There’s no such thing as a free lunch. New debt will push tax higher.
“Oftentimes, school districts seeking voter-approved bonds mislead folks by focusing on the tax rate instead of the tax bill. But voters shouldn’t be confused: Approving new debt almost always means accepting higher taxes. Voters should remember that,” says TPPF’s James Quintero.
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What to know: Hamas reportedly wanted to use cyanide gas against civilians in Israel.
The TPPF take: Hamas is likely coordinating with Iran and Iranian proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon.
“Hamas purports to be a governing entity,” says TPPF’s Chuck DeVore. “It won an election against the corrupt elements of Fatah in January 2006 and for the next year-and-a-half, Hamas proceeded to purge rival elements. And Hamas built an army. Thus, we can presume that the televised tortures, beheadings, immolations and hostage killing is intentional.”
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What to know: U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley says the fentanyl crisis is made worse by the Biden administration’s “policy of appeasement.”
The TPPF take: Writing for The Cannon Online, State Rep. John Lujan says that while the Biden administration dithers, fentanyl is claiming innocent victims.
“Fentanyl overdoses have become the No. 1 cause of death among U.S. adults ages 18-45,” Rep. Lujan says. “Overdoses have soared in America’s youth—so much that an increasing number of schools are now requiring nurses to stock naloxone (Narcan) for potential fentanyl overdoses. Fentanyl is in every state; it is a clear and present danger.”
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