Wouldn't that require another amendment to the state constitution? If I'm not mistaken, Texas amended its constitution years ago to prohibit a state income tax.
No one likes taxes, but if we are to have public utilities/services/infrastructure, the money has to come from somewhere. A 25% sales tax would be DOA - I think even bumping to 10% statewide would be DOA.
You can't make money out of thin air unless you're the FedGov, so where does the money come from? You could slap a gross receipts tax on businesses, and watch businesses shutter and flee the state. You could start coming up with chippy, retarded fees for every damn thing under the sun. You could toll literally every farm road, state highway, express way, and Interstate highway and still not make enough. You could make public services subscription based... You want the fire department to come? Guess what, pay $20 a month for every 1/4 acre you own, or we don't come. That'd go over like a shit sammich.
Property taxes are about the only way, outside a personal income tax, to generate the kind of revenue necessary to maintain public education and infrastructure. I'd say a lot of government services could be cut/slashed/privatized, but probably won't be.
You don't want a state income tax, because then you instantly jump to California level taxation.
My point was, that this Huffines says things that sound good but make little sense to me. I think everyone should get a watermelon and $.05 cigar if they vote for him but wonder who pays for that? I listened to Tony Gonzales and Ted Cruz in a phone town hall meeting last night. They answered every question in the same way. First a pandering and attempt at empathy... "yes, I understand what you are going through and here is the situation". Never an answer about what THEY were going to do about any situation. Cruz was slicker than Gonzales but neither had any definitive course of action on any topic (mostly about the border situation). Then they blamed our beloved President for EVERYTHING and who can argue with that but I already knew who was responsible for the chaos in our country and didn't need to hear them attempt at empathy by hashing out the problem and not a solution.
I’ll say the same thing I said this time last year; Abbott painted himself into a corner, politically speaking by setting up idiotic rules and then smugly saying “Good job” to the cities and counties when they figured out how to do whatever they wanted.
Abbot had it right in the beginning: there’s 254 counties and they each needed to make their own decisions. The state needed to be a supporting agency, not a dictative one. When the citizenry didn’t like it, he could truthfully say “Recall those bastards”.
It boils my blood every time this topic comes up. If you don’t recall, here’s the specifics.
Austin's mayor issued a similar order late Wednesday. Local leaders have been asking for the ability to impose more strict mask orders, but Gov. Greg Abbott never publicly mentioned that one option was ordering businesses to require them.
Wouldn't that require another amendment to the state constitution
Yup, that's the way our constitution is written, Long ago the Dems made most state LAW in Texas effectively go through the Constitution.