Texans for Accountable Government (TAG) is a trans-partisan Political Action Committee headquartered in Central Texas. TAG was formed with the ambition of reigning in the intrusive and expanding reach of government which threatens to invade every facet of our lives. Our ambition is to put the reins of government back into the hands of individual American citizens; allowing us to once again run our own lives.
TAG focuses on issues at the local, county, and state level. We believe in the principle of subsidiary; that power should be vested in the nearest locality. Our local representatives are much more accountable to us than are those over a thousand miles away in the District of Columbia.
The City of Austin has a large debt. Servicing this debt is a significant part of high property taxes. But every year we retire several hundred millions of bond debt. If Austin stopped selling new bonds, the property tax rate would begin going down. Or, if Austin would only sell as many bonds, $300 million worth, so as to equal the amount being retired, the property tax rate would remain flat. Mayor Steve Adler has proposed a $720 million “Transportation … read more
Civil Forfeiture has also been called ‘Policing For Profit’ because it is the ability for law enforcement agencies to take a person’s property and keep it without a criminal conviction. Civil Forfeiture underwrites the budgets of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies as well as prosecutors, and though this practice ostensibly expedites crime fighting, it is now apparent that there’s more harm being done to innocent people than we could’ve ever anticipated. The Texas State Supreme Court has ruled … read more
Austin City Council will consider Austin Police Department’s $17 million proposal to hire Taser as its body camera contractor this Thursday, May 19. The City Council meeting starts at 9:55 a.m. on Thursday May 19. The items are 30 and 31 on the agenda. You can review the APD Body Camera Policy here. The city council is not voting on the policy this week, but we do need to start the conversation. Some concerns: Footage cannot be shown to “embarrass” … read more
TAG hosted two Drug War panels at the Republican Liberty Caucus State Convention and Huston Tillotson University. Panel included Rev. Alexander Sharp, Dr. Bryon Adinoff, and Texas Judge John Delaney From Justin Arman, TAG’s Exec Director: “Texans for Accountable Government hosted another great panel on Saturday. I actually learned a lot listening to our speakers and feel confident that the next legislative session will bring some major drug law reform. I was especially impressed by Judge Delaney for speaking out … read more
Contact: Justin Arman For Immediate Release: Friday, February 5, 2016 Justin.Arman@tagexas.org TEXAS JUDGE JOINS DOCS, CLERGY TO DISCUSS DRUG WAR EXIT STRATEGIES WITH TEXANS FOR ACCOUNTABLE GOVERNMENT Next weekend, Texans for Accountable Government will feature a special panel on drug policy called Cops, Docs, and Clergy: Speaking with One Voice Against the War on Drugs. The panelists will each present and discuss the ethical and practical failures of the drug war based on their professional expertise. Featured … read more