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Texans Want Tax Relief

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A new tax-subsidized poll from the University of Texas finds that Texas voters are “dissatisfied” with how much they are paying in property and business taxes. The Texas Senate originally proposed slightly better than $4 billion in tax relief at the start of the legislative session, then added to it after Gov. Greg Abbott made…

The Conservative Approach to Limiting Government Growth

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While the grassroots may disagree on the means from time to time, the end goal of the conservative movement remains the same: put government in its proper size and role in order to ensure that individual liberty is maximized. That includes our state government, where we are doing pretty well in comparison to other states,…

Abbott Addresses the State of Texas

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On Tuesday, newly minted Governor Greg Abbott addressed a joint session of the Texas Legislature to set forth his policy proposals for the 84th Legislature. In his remarks, Abbott made clear that he intends to follow through on promises he made during his campaign and encouraged members to pass the conservative reforms Texas voters demand….

The Basic Mechanics of Tax Relief

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The Senate base budget plan has received much attention since it was released on January 25, 2015, primarily for its provisions for $4 billion in tax relief for property and business owners. Conservatives have applauded this measure, while moderates have decried it as a lost opportunity to expand future debt spending. Tax relief is a…

Senate Aims to Expand Gun Rights

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Gun rights took center stage on Thursday as the Senate State Affairs Committee conducted hearings on legislation that would expand the rights of Texans. After hearing testimony throughout the entire day, the Senate State Affairs Committee voted on a party line of 7-2 to advance SB11, sponsored by conservative State Senator Brian Birdwell. Also known…

No Excuses for Inaction on Conservative Reform

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When the Texas Constitution was adopted, the intention was to safeguard the people from government—to encourage legislatures led by citizens rather than career politicians. In an effort to achieve that end, sessions of the state legislature were limited to 140 days every two years. The limitation is often used by lawmakers as an excuse for…

Straus House: Tax Cuts Are ‘Gimmicks’

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One of House Speaker Joe Straus’ closest advisors, State Rep. Lyle Larson of San Antonio, has come out in opposition not just to a tax cut plan proposed by the Senate, but any tax relief. Indeed, Larson is describing tax relief efforts as “gimmickry.” Meanwhile, Gov. Greg Abbott has said he would veto any budget that doesn’t include tax relief….

Policy Summit Highlights Moderates’ Priorities

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The Conservative Roundtable of Texas held a Policy Summit in the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon, at which select legislators discussed their respective outlooks on budget, education, and transportation issues for the session. The Conservative Roundtable, which has historically distributed fiscal responsibility endorsements like participation awards to unworthy legislators, featured Republican legislators hardly known for fiscal…