We Don’t Have to Enjoy the Rape

This session is a Claytie Williams session for sure.  But we don't have to enjoy it.   

While lawmakers are arguing about who gets cut, there is no plan for shared sacrifice that overnight would create huge revenue.  Our evidence?

May Day for Texas Independence!

The "regulars" in both major parties continue to push an incredibly costly special interest agenda, despite the major cuts affecting ordinary Texans.  This is a $4 billion loss in revenues in under-valuations for high-end commercial and residential properties, and massive infrastructure giveaways the both state and city government are responsible for.  Check it out:


Texans Gear Up to Kill Perry’s Trans-Texas Water Highway

Feral Hogs aren't the only hogs running wild in Texas.

            The people of Texas killed the grand scheme of the Trans-Texas Corridor.  But according to Independent Texans, the state's only voter association for non-aligned and independent voters, the tentacles of the TTC still need to be cut-off, namely:  the legislature's dangerous plan to move groundwater around the state. This Tuesday, the Natural Resources Committee in the Texas House will deliberate on the house version of SB 332, HB 1730 for "vested" water rights. They say that the bill is just part of an overall plan for groundwater transport that includes constitutional amendments that will make taxpayers pay for expensive pipelines and other projects, and to gain new taxing authority for the state — all to enrich private developers and water profiteers.  (See SJR 25HJR 137 and HJR 138.)


Where Our School Tax Dollars Really Went: The Texas Growth Machine

        The recent “Save Our Schools” rally at the Capitol, with 12,000 attendees from across Texas, was a different kind of education rally. First, Texas Association of Business’ Bill Hammond, a Rick Perry ally lent his support.  More importantly, the rally organizers turned from the typical “no cuts” ballyhoo to focus on one important underlying question – where did the $27 billion shortfall in our state budget come from?  Our school tax dollars got gobbled up by the Texas growth machine.

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Statewide Moratorium on Water Permits – Act Now – & be in Bastrop on March 19th!

The Texas Water Development Board, all six Perry appointees, have abdicated their duties to "provide for the conservation and responsible development of water for Texas."  We believe they are operating in violation of the Water Code.

What's more, is groundwater contamination is a real threat.  If you don't believe it, read this.
This is why we have joined with other organizations (and more are on the way) to urge the Texas Legislature to: 
(1) Enact a statewide Moratorium on Groundwater Permits, 
(2) To call upon the Governor to call a special session in the summer to address the water crisis, and 
(3) To hold hearings to inform and involve the public.
Please use these documents below to inform yourself.  Then call your State Representative and State Senator (click here to find them).    
Please come to our statewide ACTION conference (click on flier below), "The Texas Water War:  Is there a solution and who decides" on Saturday, March 19th from 10 to 5 pm.  This event will address legislative, legal and community action.  You may reserve a free seat to this event by replying to this message with your name, the number of seats and your phone number.  If you're organization wants a table, please contact us right away.  
Please forward this email to your friends across the Lone Star State!

Austin is Not Developers’ Monopoly Board

Sign it, if you live in Austin

Austin is Not Developers' Monopoly Board

Dear Mayor Adler and Austin City Council Members:


Why don't you share this with your friends, please:

Make Growth Pay for Itself

No Vista Ridge/San Antone Hose