Taylor County Democrats

Sunday, April 30, 2006

GOP Legislature About to Vote Themselves a Massive Tax Break

Why does it surprise me that GOP politicians are voting themselves a tax cut, raising taxes on small business, smokers and the poor, and doing nothing for the public school children of Texas? I guess it really doesn't. The Texas GOP has no shame, no point where they won't go to enrich themselves. Vote. Register voters. Make sure they vote. It starts in your neighborhood and your precinct. We have the power. Vote.

MySA.com: Metro | State: "The average state senator would get property tax savings nearly four times the $512 that an average San Antonio homeowner would get under a proposal working its way through the Legislature.

That calculation is based on property appraisal records and lawmakers' declared desire to lower school property taxes to $1 per $100 valuation, down from the $1.50 per $100 most Texas school districts levy for maintenance and operations.

Wealthier Texans, because they tend to own more and higher-priced real estate, stand to benefit the most from tax reforms now being considered in the Capitol, a recent study by the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board indicated.

An analysis by the Express-News shows three Texas senators living in million-dollar homes and owning other real estate would see tax savings ranging from $6,535 to more than $9,000 under the bill, which is moving toward a Senate vote this week.

On the other hand, a San Antonio state representative who pays rent and owns no real estate would get no tax break."


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