Rep. Murphey: Upcoming events of note

Rep. Murphey: Upcoming events of note

In January, the state will issue its financial statements for the 2016 fiscal year. These are perhaps the most important documents produced by state government. They will show the actual effect of the energy sector’s downturn on state government spending.

Rep. Murphey: Returning to the path of reform

Rep. Murphey: Returning to the path of reform

Last Tuesday I took note of a rather exciting event. Hidden in the news of election day, only careful observers noted a press release from the incoming Speaker of the House. He used the occasion to announce something exceptional: he will reduce the amount his office spends on personnel by nearly $500,000.

Rep. Murphey: Phone directory publishers are no longer breaking the Law

Rep. Murphey: Phone directory publishers are no longer breaking the Law

This is the time of year when many of last session’s approved legislative initiatives take effect. Traditionally, this means many new laws are going into place. All too often, these are unnecessary laws that create additional fees, new government debt and inappropriate spending, unnecessary and confusing regulation, or worse. Unfortunately, this year is no different. […]

Rep. Murphey: Getting lawmakers off of welfare

Rep. Murphey: Getting lawmakers off of welfare

Those who visit the capitol at lunch or dinner time are likely to notice the dependency/entitlement mindset of some of its occupants. The careful observer may overhear the efforts of lawmakers to enjoy a first class meal at someone else’s expense: “Let’s find a lobbyist to take us out,” or “I’ve got XYZ lobbyist lined […]

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