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Record Fundraiser for the Texas Senate Republican Caucus Says Chairman Paul Bettencourt

October 10, 2018

Caucus welcomes their 21st member, Senator-Elect Pete Flores, at Austin event

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus welcomed their 21st member, Senator-Elect Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton), at a record setting fundraiser held in Austin.  The Texas Senate Republican Caucus raised over $250,000 and is expecting to raise additional funds in preparation the upcoming 86th Legislative Session in the effort to continue to enact conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges. In addition a smaller campaign debt for Senator-Elect Flores has been completely retired today.

As unanimously supported by the entire Texas Senate Republican Caucus, Senator-Elect Flores won a seat held by Democrats for 139 years in a history breaking campaign,” said Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston). “I will predict that without straight ticket voting in 2020 due to a change in state law, he will hold this seat because he is already a real vote getter.”

In a first of its kind endorsement, the Texas Senate Republican Caucus unanimously endorsed Pete Flores in his special election campaign, and Senator-Elect Flores shocked the political establishment by finishing first in a crowded field and then winning in the runoff in Senate District 19.

Senator Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), who also serves as the RPT Victory Chair stated, “Senator Flores is the perfect example of what Republicans can accomplish with a great candidate when we are unified, motivated, and engaged.  We will continue to work hard bringing victory to Republicans all across our great state.”

Senator-Elect Flores will be a great addition to the Texas Senate Republican Caucus team as he is the first Hispanic Senator ever elected in the Republican Caucus.  A wise man once told me that there are two sides to every tortilla,” joked Senator-Elect Flores to laughter among the audience. “Both need to be considered in making the right decision.” Chairman Bettencourt quipped to more laughter, “…and then you can eat it too!” Then Senator-Elect Flores brought down the house by saying “that he doesn’t discriminate between corn or flour because it is all good public policy.”

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus first expanded their role during the 85th Legislative Session to help advance conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges.  The Caucus is expanding their membership, and work, in the upcoming 86th Legislative Session.  With 21 members the Texas Senate Republican Caucus currently represents a 2/3rd supermajority within the Texas Senate.

Finally, Caucus Treasurer Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) added, Republicans want opportunity for everyone. A strong business climate lifts every Texan and the Senate Republicans will keep pushing for more opportunity, more prosperity, and more growth.” Chairman Bettencourt concluded, “We’ve got the best pro-business caucus anywhere!  That means more Texas jobs, and that’s a rising economic tide that lifts all boats in Texas.”

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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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