Tax Policy Proposals Recap

Dick Lavine, Senior Fiscal Analyst at the Center for Public Policy Priorities

This week we’ve looked at a number of tax policy proposals coming out of the Senate, including those that are part of the $4.6 billion tax cut package announced by Senator Jane Nelson and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. We’re concerned that these proposals take Texas in the wrong direction at a time when our population is growing and when the state has pushed more responsibility for funding public services onto local governments.

Next week the Senate will hear testimony on all the tax proposals, and we hope that our blog series whetted your appetite for the hearings to come.


If you missed any of our posts this week, catch up here:

Impacts of the Franchise Tax

Don’t Prioritize Roads Over Other Needs

Proposal Addresses Frustrations with Property Taxes

Lower Revenue Cap = Fewer Local Services


We’ve also put together a roundup of news reports and editorials on the tax proposals:

Real Needs Before Cutting TaxesSan Antonio Express-News

Tax Cut Proposals Divide Senate DemocratsTexas Observer

The Dark Lining of the Property Tax Silver CloudTexas Monthly

Transportation Committee Takes on Tough Budget MathTexas Observer

Plans for Dedicated Road Funds Advances Despite ConcernsHouston Chronicle

Property Tax Exemptions Explained in Terms of PieKUT

Taxing ConcernHouston Chronicle

Multi-billion Tax Relief Package Rolled Out Tuesday at the State CapitolFox 7 KTBC

Senate Leaders Tout Transportation PlanTime Warner Cable News San Antonio

Lawmakers Want Property Tax Cut That Folks NoticeTexas Tribune

Texas Senate Announces Bigger Tax CutsAustin American-Statesman

Senators Offer a $240 Tax Break for Average HomeownerDallas Morning News Trail Blazers Blog

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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