I apologize for the light blogging, but my world has been crazy the last couple of weeks. I have been swamped at work and once home, there are so many other items to get done that I haven’t had the time to blog. So, some quick hits:
- The stock market sold off on Monday but continued to have significant gains throughout the week, closing Friday at nearly the same levels it closed the week prior. The Big Bob Rally continues, but I’m still on the sidelines and playing the market intraday. This swine flu scare should be an interesting play on the markets in the morning.
- The Citizen did a Q&A with all the school board candidates this week. There were some very carefully crafted answers from some of them. What happened to actually saying what you mean in local politics? Either you were for or against the pay raise, it’s as simple as that. It seems to me some of them didn’t want to sound overly in Dr. V’s corner when it came to the raise, but I could read through their remarks.
- So, we’ve talked about how sales tax receipts are down dramatically, but here is a scary article about how federal tax receipts are down almost 40% year over year.
- This is my favorite time of year; baseball, NBA Playoffs, NFL Draft and auto racing can make for a very busy weekend watching sports on TV.
- Vicki Truitt (R (?) Keller) makes some changes to her bill
Rep. Vicki Truitt is planning a substantial overhaul in a major transportation funding bill, saying she plans to reduce the number of fees and tax increases that could be presented to voters in countywide elections to fund local road and rail projects.
“We don’t want this to be known as the tax-everything-that-moves bill,”the Keller Republican said in outlining her plans at a meeting of the Tarrant County delegation in the House.
The legislation, considered a top priority among North Texas political leaders, proposes a menu of six financing sources that officials can pick from to put on the ballot, including a fuels tax increase and fees on annual vehicle registrations, driver’s licenses, emissions, public parking and vehicles previously registered in other states.
At least one fee or a combination of several would be placed on a countywide ballot to finance specific projects. The fee and tax increases have emerged as a major target of opponents to the bill, although supporters stress that they would not go into effect without voter approval.
Truitt, House sponsor of the bill, said that she will strip the proposed parking fee from the bill and is likely to trim some other fees as well. She said it’s “evident that the number of options in the bill . . . makes people uncomfortable.”
And finally, today would have been my son-in-law Josh’s 26th birthday. We miss you buddy.