Michael Quinn Sullivan, CEO of Empower Texans, was the guest speaker at the Pecan Valley Republican Women’s Club meeting Thursday night at the Adams Street Community Center.
According to its website, Empower Texans — formed in 2006 — is a non-profit service organization that, through multiple media formats, educates and inspires Texans to exercise effective citizenship. Using research, reporting, and advocacy, the organization empowers taxpayers to advocate for good governance and to hold their elected officials accountable.
The EmpowerTexans.com website goes on to state, “The greatest threat to our state’s economic growth and competitiveness is the weight of government on the economy. If government and taxes are allowed to grow without restraint, the economy will contract, thereby limiting opportunities for all Texans. We seek policy outcomes that provide increasing levels of economic liberty and opportunity for all Texans by controlling the size of government. Government power and reach must be strictly limited, with elected officials held accountable by active and informed citizens.”
Sullivan’s near hour-long speech focused primarily on school funding and property taxes.
“These are intertwined issues that we’re going to have to confront and address both from a fiscal perspective as well as the long-term health of our republic,” Sullivan said in his opening remarks. “There’s a big effort, a lot of discussion about reforming property taxes, but you can’t talk about fixing property taxes without also talking about school finance. At the end of the day, half to two-thirds of your property tax bill is school property taxes.”
In regard to school finance, Sullivan spoke about the amount of spending that goes on outside of classrooms. One of the points Sullivan focused on was high school football stadiums and scoreboards.