‘Racist’ Rhymes With ‘Pay Us’

What to know: San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District officials hired a consultant to evaluate racism on its campuses. The consultant says it’s rampant—and recommended bringing in a group to retrain its workers. The consultant and the retraining group are one and the same.

The TPPF take: Of course that’s the consultant’s recommendation.

“The obvious grift is troubling in at least a few ways,” says TPPF’s James Quintero. “First, it diverts money away from the classroom under the guise of fighting racism. Second, it proposes to burden taxpayers with another expense at a time when San Marcos residents—the majority of whom are minorities themselves—are struggling to make ends meet. Third, and perhaps worst of all, it gives the district cover to continue in its mediocrity.”

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Defunding the Border

What to know: As the crisis at the southern border rages on, House Democrats this week proposed a new appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that would severely cut funding to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The TPPF take: The bill is receiving a markup on the day former President Donald Trump, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and members of Congress visit the U.S.-Mexico border to address the border crisis.

“It would appear the call to defund the police from Antifa, Black Lives Matter, and other left-wing groups has expanded to include all law enforcement agencies—including those at our southwest border,” says TPPF’s Wes Coopersmith. “At a time when there is an unprecedented influx of migrants coming to the United States illegally, the men and women in law enforcement need true leadership from Washington, D.C.—not Democrat politicians who kowtow to the wishes of the far left.”

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North Carolina Showing the Way

What to know: Even as Congress considers trillions of dollars in new spending, states such as North Carolina are drafting responsible budgets that put the taxpayer first.

The TPPF take: North Carolina lawmakers are now working to enact a new conservative budget that provides further tax relief.

“The North Carolina Senate unveiled its version of the budget, which, in addition to spending less than the figure agreed to with the House in early June, cuts the personal income tax rate from 5.25% to 3.99% while phasing out the corporate income tax by 2028,” says TPPF’s Vance Ginn. “That budget was approved with a bipartisan, veto-proof majority in the North Carolina Senate on June 24.”

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