As the Door Revolves
Rollins replaces Jeff Judson, who will step down as TPPF president Dec. 31 "to pursue opportunities in the private sector." In his last months, Judson presided over TPPF's aggressive lobbying of textbook publishers and the State Board of Education to make certain public school textbooks exhibited no signs of latent left-wing deviation from conservative orthodoxy. Just before his resignation, he distributed an op-ed to the state's newspapers blasting the proposal of the Center for Public Policy Priorities for tax reform to help balance the state budget. "While CPPP might believe Texas can raise and expand taxes without doing economic harm," wrote Judson, "the research is undeniable: Taxes hurt the poor and will reduce economic growth." Judson helpfully described CPPP's proposals as "a brand of economics [that] has not held water since the Berlin Wall fell." Expect that sort of insightful analysis to be featured in the TPPF's upcoming "Policy Orientation" for legislators, to be held in Austin Jan. 28 through Feb. 4. The gathering has already been endorsed by Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov.-elect David Dewhurst, and Speaker-presumptive Tom Craddick.