Mike Toomey has taken a leave of absence from Texas Lobby Group to serve as the Chief Operations Officer of Governor Greg Abbott’s Strike Force to Open Texas. During this time, Mike will not be a registered lobbyist. Instead, he will be dedicated to getting Texans back to work and our State’s economy roaring once more. Texas […]
Texas Monthly Features “Mike the Knife”
Before Mike Toomey became Rick Perry’s chief of staff, his ruthless slashing of state budgets earned him the moniker “Mike the Knife.” Mike Toomey, Republican, Houston. Mike the Knife. The supreme cutter; a Texas version of David Stockman, who knew where the budget bodies were buried and was intent on exhuming and dissecting every last one. […]
Who Runs Texas?
The Dark Knight: Mike Toomey From Texas Monthly February 2011 WHEN KARL ROVE left Austin for Washington, D.C., with the Bush administration, he vacated the role of Prince of Darkness in Texas politics. Not to worry. Toomey, an Austin lobbyist and a former chief of staff to Perry, quickly stepped into the breach. Whenever secretive deals […]
Mike the Knife
The following is from an old copy of Texas Monthly. Mike the Knife. The supreme cutter; a Texas version of David Stockman, who knew where the budget bodies were buried and was in-tent on exhuming and dissecting every last one. Though a newcomer to budget writing, had all the qualities essential to mastering this most […]
Texas Lobbyist News: Sales Tax in Texas Spiked in September
Texas Lobbyist News: Sales Tax in Texas Spiked in September Texas revenue from taxes leapt upward by more than 10% in September of 2017. This past month brought $2.4 billion dollars into the state coffers. Undoubtedly an increase in spending in the oil and gas industry is behind the jump. However, retail spending was also […]
Texas News: Dying malls not necessarily the end of the story
Texas Mall Closings Repurposed The Valley View Center mall in North Dallas was like many malls in its day. Filled with shoppers and a central location for the community. Kids rode their bikes to the mall. Teenagers gathered there. But those days are gone. However, the mall is being changed and repurposed as the location […]
Texas Lobbyist News: Local Hamburger Company Scores Big
Texas fast-food giant Whataburger just beat out a number of other chains, as analyzed by the firm 101data. Whataburger garnered 44% of fast food burger interactions in our state, beating In-N-Out and Five Guys. Whataburger is known for its iconic status in the Lone Star state and is famous for its commitment to build the […]
Mike Toomey News For Texas Lobbyists: Texas governor signs budget with vetoes
Texas governor Greg Abbott did sign our state’s two-year budget, but he vetoed millions of dollars of funding for a number of things, including environmental and public assistance programs along the border. The approved budget is $217 billion dollars, as laid out be the Legislature. But Abbott cut $120 million with the line-item veto. “This […]
Mike Toomey Lobbyist News: Might Community Colleges Offer Bachelor Degrees?
Mike Toomey Lobbyist News: Might Community Colleges Offer Bachelor Degrees? Senator Kel Siliger, Republican from Amarillo, has introduced legislation that would authorize community colleges in our state to offer bachelor degrees in applied science, nursing, and applied technology. (Senate Bill 2118) Currently three community colleges offer bachelor degrees and have since 2003. The legislation would […]
Protected: Illegal Gambling Drains Economy of South Texas County
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