Critical Vote on Republican Primary Ballot Propositions

When Republicans go to the polls for the primary election on March 6th, they won’t just be asked to elect candidates. They will also vote on eleven ballot propositions dealing with issues ranging from property taxes, to illegal immigration, to toll roads.

At December’s State Republican Executive Committee meeting, members approved eleven proposals for the primary ballot. The full list of ballot propositions submitted by the SREC for inclusion on the 2018 Republican General Primary Election ballot, with voters asked to simply vote yes or no.

Although the results of the election are not binding, strong results in favor of the proposals could spur the Legislature into action next January.

Many of these proposals got traction in the Texas Senate last session but were killed due to Republican opposition in the Texas House. Should voters approve the measures it would give the party greater ammunition as they push Republican lawmakers in both Austin and Washington to deliver conservative public policy outcomes for taxpayers.

Texans for Fiscal Responsibility recommends voting FOR all eleven propositions. 

2018 Republican Primary Ballot Propositions

Non-binding policy propositions on the statewide GOP ballot.
Ballot NumberProposition LanguageTFR Position
1Texas should replace the property tax system with an appropriate consumption tax equivalent.Yes
2No governmental entity should ever construct or fund construction of toll roads without voter approval.Yes
3Republicans in the Texas House should select their Speaker nominee by secret ballot in a binding caucus without Democrat influence.Yes
4Texas should require employers to screen new hires through the free E-Verify system to protect jobs for legal workers.Yes
5Texas families should be empowered to choose from public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their children’s education, using tax credits or exemptions without government constraints or intrusion.Yes
6Texas should protect the privacy and safety of women and children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings.Yes
7I believe abortion should be abolished in Texas.Yes
8Vote fraud should be a felony in Texas to help ensure fair elections.Yes
9Texas demands that Congress completely repeal Obamacare.Yes
10To slow the growth of property taxes, yearly revenue increases should be capped at 4%, with increases in excess of 4% requiring voter approval.Yes
11Tax dollars should not be used to fund the building of stadiums for professional or semi-professional sports teams.Yes

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Cary Cheshire

Cary Cheshire serves as Vice President of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, the premier project of Empower Texans. A 6th Generation Texan, Cary attended Texas A&M University was active in a number of conservative causes including Ted Cruz's Senate campaign. He has also worked on campaigns to elect conservatives to Congress and the Texas Legislature. Cary enjoys college football, genealogy research, and the occasional craft beer.

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