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Friday, March 25, 2005
Carole finds a friend
FWST staff editorial:
Here's another surprise that's no surprise at all: Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn has found another opportunity to use her office for political grandstanding and took full advantage of it -- even if it meant stabbing legislators in the back.

Here's the lesson for the Legislature: Don't trust her.

This time it was the House that was the victim of Strayhorn's insatiable appetite for attention. Next time it will be anyone else who provides her an opening.

When the House passed a tax bill earlier this month, its leaders worked with Strayhorn's staff each step of the way to see that the bill achieved its goal: a "revenue neutral" way to cut local school property taxes while adopting a new business tax and boosting other taxes to make up for the financial loss. (Don't get us wrong here. This Editorial Board opposed House Bill 3 and still considers it to be bad policy.)


She achieved what seems to be her one-and-only goal: drawing attention to Carole.

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