Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2002

Keep your eyes north and an ear to the ground. You'll look weird but we need to be watching Austin. The Texas Legislature countdown is starting. This session they will really be after our money.

Today lawmakers may begin prefiling bills for the 78th Legislature, which begins January 14. The Texas Legislature website will publish a list of prefiled bills this evening.

Here's one real convenience. If you have an interest in a particular bill as it works its way through the House or Senate, the state offers what it calls Bill Alert, which is free e-mail notification whenever a bill's status changes. You can sign up for that in January.

This session I plan to be more active in watching what ideas and schemes our San Antonio delegation proposes. KTSA will monitor proposals submitted by all of our local representatives in Austin. If enough of us watch closely, we'll not have another PGA Village-type surprise— a big-money bill that's almost a done deal before anyone here realizes it has even been proposed.

Texas is running low on money and lower on options. The politically deadly idea of an income tax could possibly be floated, many user fees will likely jump to terrific heights, and the power tools will be brought out to extract money from you and me.

We should all start to feel a little uneasy right about now.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.



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