Activists narrowly head off HCDE stealth tax increase effort

This stealth tax increase would probably have sailed right on through if not for the diligence of Barry Klein and the other activists who snapped to the fact that the Harris County Department of Education scheduled its "workshop" on the tax increase on the very same day it intended to vote on said tax increase.

It's probably worth looking at some of the various players quoted in these two stories. From the bottom up:

1) There's Roy Morales, alleged conservative who nonetheless seemed to be making the case -- in a building named for Ronald Reagan no less! -- to raise taxes. A true conservative ought to be making the case to disband this unneeded remnant of a different time, or at least to hold the line on taxes. Then there are "conservatives" like Roy Morales who are known to loan their political campaigns money at usurious interest rates. Make of all of this what you will.

2) There's Angie Chesnut (KTRK's story was not only slanted, but also got the name wrong), whose board bio indicates she owns a private "curriculum development and consulting firm." We imagine she has some interest indeed in leveraging dollars for school districts (and perhaps just a few for herself? Perhaps)!


3) There's Jim Henley, a name we hadn't really considered since he was running around becoming a minor fringe-left celebrity in his quixotic challenge to conservative Rep. John Culberson some years ago (he claimed all of 38% of the vote). Same old tax-and-spender, it would seem. And angry still, too!

We can't come up with good reasons the Harris County Department of Education (with its bloated non-education staff) even exists -- and exists to the tune of draining Harris County taxpayers of $18 million per year. The folks at Texas Trash Talk make a pretty good case for eliminating the entity. We encourage readers to check them out (and we thank them for their part in heading off this stealth tax increase effort).

Posted by Kevin Whited @ 10/19/11 10:23 PM | Print |

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