Fighting for Transparency & Fiscal Responsibility in Local Government

Nobody Is Above An Ethics Policy

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Councilman Armin Mizani

Armin Mizani was first elected to the Keller City Council in 2014

When I first ran for Keller City Council in November 2014, I was motivated by what I felt was a lack of communication, transparency, and accountability from Town Hall. Effective representation at any level of government requires our elected officials to conduct themselves at the highest possible standard. Read More

The Case for Disunity

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In politics the battle cry for “UNITY” is often heard. It’s an accepted philosophy that to “win” we must be united – The truth is NOTHING could be farther from the truth.

After all, politics is nothing more than the arena of ideas. As with anything, competition is a requirement for healthy outcomes.

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Taxpayer Funded Government Lobbyists: Are You Unknowingly Funding a Lobbyist?

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The 84th Legislative session in Austin was fun to watch. An intriguing debate was had surrounding “Local Control”. This debate will only grow and take higher priority on the floor of the House in upcoming sessions.

The debate about local control stems around what Austin can legislate in regards to local governments–cities, counties and special purpose districts. Often lost in this debate is the fact that those governments are themselves creations of the state; therefore the state has complete oversight.

As with any debate, there are citizens on both sides…but some citizens have more of a voice than others.

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The Texas Borrowing Binge

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Think the federal government is the only one with a debt problem? Think again.

According to the Texas Bond Review Board (BRB), the state agency charged with overseeing debt issuances, Texas’ total local debt (including principal and interest) exceeded $338 billion in 2015. This means that every man, woman and child in the state owes about $12,250 for his or her share of all the debt incurred by city, county, school and special purpose governments. And the tab for Texas taxpayers is growing fast.

Read the full article on the Forbes website.

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