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Texas Senate Republican Caucus Stands United For Unanimous Budget & Answer Critics

April 5, 2017

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus issued a letter to Texans explaining the perfectly appropriate transportation transfer in the Senate budget – a stance supported unanimously by the Texas Senate in a vote of 31-0. This transfer recognizes Texans 83% vote for the Transportation Proposition 7 ballot measure passed after the legislative session.

“We have passed a strong budget that allows Texas to live within her means,” said Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound). “According to our own Texas Comptroller, you can’t calculate a year’s worth of sales tax data before the year is over. The Senate budget allows for the necessary calculations to be made in order to transfer the full funds to TXDOT and uphold our promise to the voters.”

Therefore, the determination of what to deposit cannot be made until 12 months of sales tax collections are analyzed. Collections run through August 31st of each year, allowing the transfer to take place each year in September after the end of the collection period.

“SB 1 rightly assumes that annual sales tax data will be evaluated in September 2019, and the transfer will occur accordingly. Despite how others have characterized it, this is common sense,” said Senate Transportation Chair Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville).

“The critics have it wrong. It is standard revenue accounting practices to collect payments, deposit and reconcile them next month,” stated Senate Republican Caucus Chair and former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston).

For a complete statement of the Texas Senate GOP Caucus’ position please refer to the attached letter.

SB 1 Transportation Transfer Letter

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The time to act is now! Everyday Texans are being taxed out of their homes and their business are barely staying afloat with rising property taxes. Senate Bill 2 (by Chairman Paul Bettencourt) recognizes the obvious, that taxpayers cannot take it anymore. Property taxes are rising two to three times faster than Texans' ability to pay.

The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019.

Taxpayers in Dallas have been crushed with an average 55% increase on their property tax bills in just five years with a 15% increase just this year. That is a pattern that is repeating all across the State.

SB 2 offers hope to Texans and as noted by Senator Flores it gives all Texans hope that they will get to keep their little piece of the Texas sky.

Read Senate Bill 2 here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00002E.htm
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Not sure I have a good handle on this. Businesses are paying taxes that they pass on to their customers. Homeowners are paying taxes, mostly school taxes, of which teachers are getting a very small part. So, the legislation is going to lower those taxes by increasing sales taxes so that everyone is paying these taxes, because the legislators can’t seem to figure out how to give less money to people throw it away or don’t deserve it in the first place. (Pause for breath.) This is either very close to what the socialists are spouting, or some of that new math that none understands anyway. (Scratching my head)

Definition of Relief: removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing .... So no “relief” just permission to go up a certain amount on property taxes every year without public vote. 😡

Legalize Marijuana and save millions of tax dollars, won't need to raise home taxes

Nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Presidio county has been doubling and tripling theirs since 2013. Highway robbery

I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00017E.htm

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Mark does Kati likes Margaritas let me know

Will never trust a Democrat! They lie.

Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

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