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House Passes Tax Relief Measures

House Passes Tax Relief Measures

Tax relief moved easily through the Texas House on Tuesday, a full month after the Senate passed their package. Both the House and the Senate are working to implement tax relief, but the two chambers currently differ over the proper method. The Senate’s $4.6 billion...
Reforms, Budget Pass Senate

Reforms, Budget Pass Senate

On Tuesday afternoon, the Senate passed its budget for the 2016-17 biennium. At $211.4 billion, the Senate budget is slightly larger (by a margin of roughly $1.5 billion) than its House counterpart. However, the increase is not due to more spending, but may be...
Caps Off: House Defers to Tax Hikes

Caps Off: House Defers to Tax Hikes

On Monday, the House Public Education Committee voted 8-1 to allow school districts to bust their debt spending caps that have been in place since 1991. The bill, HB 506 by Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), does not directly increase school spending, but instead makes...
Addition and Placation

Addition and Placation

House budget writers added an additional $800 million to the 2016-17 budget plan on Wednesday in an effort to increase education spending. This brings the House’s proposed education spending to a total of $3 billion, well beyond the $2.2 billion that’s needed to...
House Sluggish on Tax Relief

House Sluggish on Tax Relief

On Tuesday morning, the House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed the budget plan provided in House Bill 1. HB 1, as passed by the committee, will spend $209.8 billion over the 2016-17 biennium, an increase of $7.4 billion from the $202.4 billion base budget...
P+I Day In Senate Finance, Part 2

P+I Day In Senate Finance, Part 2

On Tuesday morning, witnesses testified before the Senate Finance Committee concerning SJR 2 and SB 9 by State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Ursula Parks, representing the Legislative Budget Board (LBB), argued against the population-plus-inflation...
P+I Day in Senate Finance

P+I Day in Senate Finance

The Senate Finance Committee met Tuesday morning to discuss legislation that would require the adoption of the population-plus-inflation metric to calculate the state’s spending limit. This metric, which is based on gradual trends and hinders the rate of governmental...
Bills Filed To Eliminate Taxes

Bills Filed To Eliminate Taxes

Legislators have filed bills seeking to repeal a slurry of petty and outdated taxes. For many of these taxes, administrative costs currently exceed revenue collections gained, making them highly inefficient. Others exist merely as burdensome relics of failed...