Teacher union membership

November 18, 2017

Does anyone have the membership numbers for the local chapters of the teacher’s unions?

Brutus


Purpose and direction

November 17, 2017

Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

John F. Kennedy


Putting the squeeze on local governments

November 16, 2017

It seems that congress is considering eliminating the personal income tax deductions for state and local taxes.

That would cause citizen involvement to lower local taxes.

Maybe that is a good idea.

We deserve better

Brutus


Grading our politicians

November 15, 2017

The earlier post about the kindergarten report card got us to look into what else our elected officials might learn at EPISD.

According to the pre-kindergarten report card the school district measures these things:

Maybe we should change the age limit on these elected positions.  A pre-k child that gets a “P” for proficient on these things might be a better candidate than what we have.

We deserve better

Brutus


EPISD–community service

November 14, 2017

Back in 2014 whichever group was in charge of EPISD established community service requirements for high school graduation.

At the Wednesday, November 1, 2017 board of trustees meeting the following was considered:

We deserve better

Brutus

 


Honey, I shrunk our income

November 13, 2017

Further to elrichboy’s post on elchuqueno.com which points out that the city lowered their income projections this year and thus tried to justify a property tax increase,  the data from the Texas comptroller of public accounts confirms elrichboy’s suspicions.

The city projected sales tax revenue to fall.

If you look at the numbers from the state sales tax revenues from the third and fourth calendar quarters of 2016 as well as the first calendar quarter of 2017 compared to one year before, our sales tax numbers are up.

If city management really expected sales tax revenue to decrease wouldn’t a reasonable person expect the city to cut back on their drunken spending?

Elrichboy’s post also shows the city forecasting a decrease in “Charges for services”.  Do they expect less demand from the citizens?  Are they planning to do a worse job collecting what is owed?  The other option would be that they expect to lower their fees.  Fat chance!

We deserve better

Brutus


What corporate tax rate?

November 12, 2017

A regular reader sent this in the other day:

Politicians WILL NEVER understand that Corporations do not pay taxes no matter how high or low the rate.

 

PEOPLE pay taxes.

 

The COST of a manufacturer’s product INCLUDES the taxes they pay, besides the raw materials, and labor.

 

Do you want a lower cost of living?  Educate your Congressman about true economics.

I personally think it is a hopeless cause.


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